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Darren Gough Named in Champions Trophy Squad

by editor2
August 10th, 2006

Veteran seam bowler Darren Gough has been named by England selectors in the 30-man provisional squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in India this autumn.

The 35-year-old Essex star has not featured in an England one-day squad since last summer’s NatWest series against Australia and had fallen out of favour for rejecting a call-up to the squad which toured Pakistan last winter.

Widespread calls from both current and former players have been made for him to be recalled and David Graveney, chairman of selectors, has it appears heeded their views.

‘Darren Gough has been a regular member of the Essex side this season and worked hard to overcome the knee injury which limited his county appearances last summer,’ Graveney said.

‘He is performing well for Essex and I am sure he will be seeking to further impress the selectors over the next few weeks as will all the other pace bowlers in our 30.’

Other than Gough, the squad includes five uncapped players at one-day international level, those being Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Mal Loye, Graham Onions and Michael Yardy.

Worcestershire’s Kabir Ali is the only player who featured in the NatWest series against Sri Lanka to be omitted.

‘We have included a number of players who are currently recovering from injury in this provisional squad: James Anderson, Ian Blackwell, Andrew Flintoff, Ashley Giles and Liam Plunkett,’ Graveney added.

‘The medical advice we have received is that there is a good chance that they will be available for the tournament but we will need to review their progress before the squad has to be reduced to 14 on September 7th.

‘We have kept faith with the bulk of the squad who appeared against Sri Lanka as we feel there were encouraging individual performances in that series despite the disappointing results overall.’

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