Gough still competes for a place in ODI squad

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Never backward about coming forward, Darren Gough has responded to the latest snub from the England selectors by claiming "everyone" knows he should be in his country's One-day squad.

The 35-year-old Yorkshireman, now playing his trade for Essex, was overlooked for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.

But he insists he is still in contention for a place in the squad for next year's World Cup, and even claimed he could still be playing Test cricket.

"Everyone's been saying to me they can't believe I've not been around in the England squad," Gough claimed in an interview with the July edition of Wisden Cricketer magazine. "Everybody I'm playing against.

"You need experience to win competitions, as teams have proved in the past, and I know I can still do a job in international cricket.

"Other players who tried to fill my boots didn't do any better than Darren Gough, and they went for a lot more runs than I would go for."

Gough also revealed that he now believes he was wrong to retire from Test cricket in 2003 because of concern about the ability of his knee to withstand the pressures of five-day matches.

"If I'd waited and not rushed back to play for England I could probably still have been playing for England now, even though I'm 35, 'cos I am good enough."

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