Paul Collingwood: Durham captain undergoes thumb surgery

Paul Collingwood

Durham captain Paul Collingwood has undergone surgery on his right thumb, but will be fit for the start of the new County Championship season.

The 36-year-old sustained the injury over the winter on the same hand he broke in the middle of last season.

A club statement said: "Paul will have 10 days of complete rest and spend three weeks in a protective splint."

He will then begin rehabilitation with a view to playing in the Championship opener against Surrey on 10 April.

The former England all-rounder, who played 68 Test matches and skippered them to victory in the 2010 World Twenty20 competition, took over as Durham's four-day captain last July.