MELBOURNE (Agencies) - Retired from Test cricket, England's Paul Collingwood now faces the prospect that his one-day international career is also on the line. With the World Cup starting in the sub-continent on February 19, the 34-year-old needs a big series in the seven ODIs against Australia to push his claims to hang onto a prized spot in England's middle order. Collingwood scored just 83 runs in five Ashes matches this summer before calling time on his 68-Test career. As England's Twenty20 skipper, Collingwood could only manage tallies of 16 and six last week in the drawn two-match series played in Adelaide and Melbourne. ''He's been a bit out of touch in the Test matches, but it's a very different form of the game,'' England's ODI captain Andrew Strauss said yesterday. ''His record in one-day cricket over the last year has been very good [500 runs at 35.71 in 16 matches]. ''His batting is crucial to us. We're expecting him to come back strong. He's a resilient bloke. 'There have been plenty of instances in the past where he has come back with a bang, not least four years ago.'' Collingwood averaged under 35 in four consecutive series before hitting top form in Australia in 2006-07, scoring 379 runs at 47.37 in the ODI series. He went on to average 46.00 in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies and Strauss is backing the veteran to rise to the challenge again. Collingwood is expected to be included in England's 15-man World Cup squad, which is due to be named on Wednesday. But with batting dynamo Kevin Pietersen eager to regain his spot and in-form duo Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott pushing their claims, Collingwood is no certainty. ''There's a lot of competition for places,'' Strauss said. ''Kevin Pietersen's back in the squad and we all know what he can bring to the one-day team. ''Someone's got to miss out, out of the batsmen. It will be a tough call but I think that's a good position to be in.