The 41-year-old, who is meant to be there in a purely coaching capacity, was forced back into fielding action after bowler Jake Ball sprained his right ankle on the second day of the fixture with a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide.
Durham veteran Collingwood pulled on England white for the first time in almost seven years and filled in at mid-on, where he showed he remains as sprightly as ever by getting down to prevent Matthew Short hitting Mason Crane for four.
England coach Paul Collingwood, 41, was drafted in for a fielding stint in their tour match
The veteran got down well to stop Mason Crane being struck for four at the Adelaide Oval
Collingwood is touring Australia with England in his capacity of fielding coach
The sight of Collingwood fielding prompted a flurry of Twitter chatter that he should be called into the squad, 11 years on from his 206 against the Aussies on the same ground.
There was some pressure on Collingwood to stop the ball cleanly given he is England’s fielding coach for the tour Down Under though he is of course still active in the game, having signed on for another year with Durham.
He averaged 49.41 for Durham in the County Championship this year and can draw upon a wealth of experience as England try to retain the Ashes over the next two months.
However, the injury to fast bowler Ball is yet another blow for England ahead of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, which gets underway on November 23.
Having got his whites dirty, Collingwood runs back off following his substitute fielding stint
Jake Ball was floored with a right ankle sprain after going down while bowling at Adelaide
Ball has sprained his ankle but was able to leave the field unaided and will be monitored
Ashes Tour 2017-18
8-11 Cricket Australia XI (Adelaide, d/n)
15-18 Cricket Australia XI (Townsville)
23-27 First Test (Brisbane)
2-6 Second Test (Adelaide, d/n)
9-10 Cricket Australia XI (Perth)
14-18 Third Test (Perth)
26-30 Fourth Test (Melbourne)
4-8 Fifth Test (Sydney)
The Nottinghamshire man’s right ankle buckled as he delivered the fifth ball of his fourth over on the second day of the tour match at the Adelaide Oval.
Although clearly in pain as he hit the deck, Ball was able to leave the field unaided and his ankle sprain will be further assessed on Thursday and Friday.
Without their best player in Ben Stokes, England have received several other setbacks already in Australia.
They are also without Mark Wood, deemed not fit enough for squad selection, Toby Roland-Jones, who was ruled out before the trip and Steven Finn who was forced to leave here on Wednesday after damaging his knee.
Spinner Moeen Ali also hasn’t been able to bowl yet on the tour as he struggles with a side injury.