Yorkshire won title without Gough: Captain Byas

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Retired Yorkshire captain David Byas insisted on Tuesday that England bowler Darren Gough can take no credit for the club's County Championship triumph last season.
Byas, who brought the title to Yorkshire for the first time since 1968, spoke out in an interview in the latest issue of 'The Cricketer International' magazine. He was retaliating to comments made in Gough's ghosted autobiography in which Byas was heavily criticised. "Basically, Gough's not worth bothering with because Yorkshire won the title without him," Byas told the magazine. "He played in two games and made little contribution with the ball. We fell out when he let me down by saying he was fit for a four-day game and then breaking down. "He went off the field after lunch and when we came off for tea, I asked the physio how Darren was and when he would be back on the field, only to be told he had gone home. "I hit the roof and when I pulled him into the office next day for an explanation and a dressing down the air was blue. But I don't take that sort of behaviour from anyone." Byas, who made his debut for Yorkshire in 1986 and enjoyed a six-year reign as captain, retired at the end of last season is now a full-time farmer.

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