Gough continues to press for an England recall
Published: Friday, May 2, 2003, 22:54 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
English county at a glance
London: Darren Gough continued to press his case for an England recall by making 72 for Yorkshire in its county championship match against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl on Thursday. England fast bowler Gough, who had been sidelined since July with a knee injury, took six for 81 in Yorkshire's innings and 343 run against Northamptonshire last month at Headingley. And on Thursday he put Yorkshire on the path to another Second Division win, the visitors finishing on 293 having been 128 for seven with Michael Lumb finishing on 115 not out. "I was very pleased today," Gough, 32, told Sky Sports. "We're always being told by the England coach that bowlers must be able to bat." Asked how he felt, Gough replied, "I'm a bit out on my feet at the moment. We'll see how I rack up in the morning but at the moment things are going well for us." And Gough, who throughout his long injury lay-off has insisted he will play for England again, added, "I love cricket, I love playing for Yorkshire and England and I'm doing everything possible to achieve those objectives." But the paceman said he did not expect to be in the line-up for England's opening international match of the season, the first Test against Zimbabwe at Lord's starting on May 22. "If that comes around, great, but my target is the one-dayers (which start on June 17 with a three-match series against Pakistan)." Gough, who helped Lumb add 120 for the eighth wicket, was on course for a hundred when he was caught behind off Australia's Simon Katich having hit eight fours and three sixes in an entertaining innings. Pakistan all-rounder Wasim Akram took three for 64 and former England quick Alan Mullally three for 31. The worth of Gough's innings was evident when Hampshire collapsed to 175 all out. At the close England batsman Michael Vaughan, out for one in the first inning and fellow opener Matthew Wood were unbeaten, Yorkshire 23 without loss and 141 ahead at stumps on the second day of this four-day match. Elsewhere, Murray Goodwin's 96 for Sussex against Kent again showed Zimbabwe what it was missing. Goodwin's latest innings came on the same day as Zimbabwe arrived in England for its two-Test tour. Attacking batsman Goodwin announced his retirement from international cricket after Zimbabwe's last tour of England three years ago, saying he could earn more playing for Sussex and Western Australia. His innings on Thursday helped the hosts to an overall lead of 268. But, four short of a hundred, Goodwin eventually fell lbw to off spinner James Tredwell having hit 11 fours in his 179-ball innings.