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Colly revels in 'special day'.

CENTURION Paul Collingwood savoured a "special day" as he kept England's hopes alive in the third Test against South Africa - and probably salvaged his international career.

The Durham all-rounder, left, hit an unbeaten 101 at Edgbaston as the hosts closed on 297 for six, a lead of 214, while Kevin Pietersen also struck 94.

Dropped for the last match at Headingley and with only four to his name in the first innings, Collingwood was playing for his future when he came out with the score at 104 for four.

"Everyone knows I've been under pressure out there so it was nice to go out there so it wa snice to go said. "It's been a special day

"I've been feeling the pressure - it's as simple as that.

"Professional sport is a tough industry when you're not doing your job and as try when you're not do go ob and score atsm and you've got been doing that.

"Of course I came under pressure but today was one of those situations when I go out there and be aggressive in my strokeplay, and it came off today. Today was my day."

Of the intriguing situation in the match, he added: "We certainly need a few more runs I think.

"Hopefully Monty will get a few to turn out there but we'll have to wait and see how long we can bat."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 2, 2008
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