I shook a leg and facing the music: Gough

Published: Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Desperately seeking an ODI comeback, Darren Gough believes he shook his leg to land in soup and accused the English selectors of holding a grudge against him for his appearance in a BBC dance show last year.

Gough has no doubt that it was his appearance in BBC's ''Strictly Come Dancing'' that went against him and he is being snubbed by the selectors just because they have an axe to grind.

Gough had opted out of last winter's tours to spend time with his family but the chubby pacer made an appearance in the dance show.

And though there is no immediate sign of a comeback, Gough said he had not given up.

''I never give up and I'm determined to get back in but the only reason I'm not selected was the fact I did Strictly Come Dancing,'' Gough told BBC Five Live.

''The reason I took the winter off was to spend some time with my children and it was the best winter I've had,'' he said.

On his decision to shake his leg in the talent show, the pacer said, ''I don't regret it one bit - I spent some quality time with my children.'' Gough, who turns 36 in September, has quit Test cricket and opted out of the twin tours of Pakistan and India.

But England's highest ODI wicket taker has been sidelined and Gough knows his last chance would be in the one day series against Pakistan.

''A lot of people on commentary are saying, 'England's best bowler is playing for Essex'. It's up to me to keep performing and let people push for me to get back in.

''If I don't get a recall for the Pakistan series, I'm not going to get the recall but I can only put in my performances on the field,'' Gough added.

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