Kirtley replaces injured Gough in ICC tournament

Published: Friday, August 16, 2002, 21:11 [IST]
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London: Sussex fast bowler James Kirtley's chances of appearing in next year's World Cup received a boost on Friday after he was named as Darren Gough's replacement in England's squad for next month's International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions' Trophy tournament scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka. Kirtley feared his chances for next year's tournament in South Africa had gone when he was overlooked for the original squad, with captain Nasser Hussain indicating there would be few changes between now and the World Cup.But following another setback in Gough's attempts to overcome his knee problems this season, Kirtley has been called up as a replacement for the three-week tournament in Colombo. His call-up completes an eventful opening year in international cricket for the 27- year-old seamer. He appeared a certainty for the World Cup after impressing during the opening four matches of this summer's One-day triangular tournament against India and Sri Lanka. But just as he seemed to be establishing himself, Kirtley broke his right hand during training in the nets at Old Trafford and was ruled out for six weeks and by the time he returned, England had already named its squad for the Sri Lanka competition.

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