Injured Gough to be ready for English county

Published: Friday, March 1, 2002, 21:49 [IST]
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London: Darren Gough must overcome a knee injury if he is to be fit for the English cricket season.

Yorkshire fast bowler Gough, 31, arrived back in England on Thursday following his side's 2-3 One-day series defeat at the hands of the Kiwis. His aim is to be fit by April 8 when he is due to report back to duty with reigning county champions Yorkshire. Admitting that the 27-hour journey back from New Zealand would not have helped his problem, Gough told reporters, "I just need to get it sorted out because I'm in a bit of pain. "I'll be fit again in three or four weeks and hopefully it'll be nothing, but it feels a bit worse than a twist. But we'll see how it goes." Gough's injury inadvertently helped the England selectors out of a difficult problem. They had not selected him for the forthcoming Test series against New Zealand saying they would not let players pick and choose their tours after both Gough and Alec Stewart chose to miss the pre-Christmas Test campaign in India. However, such was Gough's One-day form in New Zealand there had been calls for him to be included in the Test squad.

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