England in India, 2005-06 January 13, 2006

Gough disappointed at omission

Cricinfo staff



Darren Gough: won the TV show but did his decision to stay home from Pakistan cost him his place? © BBC
Darren Gough has said he is disappointed at not being named in England's one-day squad for India but insisted that he is not intending to retire from international cricket.

"I'm not a 20-year-old demanding a place," Gough told the BBC. "I can understand they want to go with the young guys but I still hope I have another World Cup left in me. I am one of the best bowlers at the end of a one-day match. You can't buy one of them at a local superstore - it takes years and years."

Gough opted out of the Pakistan leg of the winter tour to concentrate on his participation in the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, which he won, but dismissed any talk of quitting. ""I've got a year left at Essex," he countered, "and they've offered me another year after that."

In the recent past, England have tended to make anyone who has chosen to miss a tour work to regain their place, but at 33 and with a string of knee operations behind him, time is against Gough.

David Graveney, the chairman of selectors, said that others needed to be tried ahead of the 2007 World Cup. "With Liam Plunkett and James Anderson performing well in Pakistan, and Simon Jones now available for selection again, we feel the priority is for these players to gain as much experience of one-day cricket as possible."

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