Veteran pacer Darren Gough on Wednesday made an expected comeback in England’s squad for the One-day International (ODI) series against Pakistan.
Gough, England’s most successful one-day bowler, was included in a 16-member squad announced for the one-day contest getting underway next week.
The 36-year-old Gough lost his place in the England team after declaring himself unavailable for last year’s tour of Pakistan and instead opted to appear on a television dance programme in which he later won the top prize.
Gough has played 157 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for England and would be looking to prolong his international career at least till next year’s World Cup in the West Indies.
He was not the only addition in England’s pace battery for the one-day contest. Leicestershire youngster Stuart Broad, son of former England batsman Chris Broad also earned a place in the squad.
Also in the side were Sussex all-rounder Michael Yardy and wicket-keeper Chris Read. The prolific Read regained his spot after an impressive performance in the Test series against Pakistan.
The good news for England supporters is that their key strike bowler Steve Harmison remains in the squad after being cleared of injury by a recent scan. Harmison, who played a pivotal role in England’s 3-0 triumph over Pakistan in the Test series, was in danger of missing the series after suffering from a side/back problem during the final Test at The Oval.
Also fit and back in the side is all-rounder Jamie Dalrymple, who has recovered from a groin problem.
Four players — Alex Loudon, Kabir Ali, Geraint Jones and Vikram Solanki, who figured in a 0-5 rout England faced against Sri Lanka earlier this summer, were axed. Two members of England’s initial one-day squad for the series against Sri Lanka — Glen Chapple and Tim Bresnan — are among the nine players not considered for selection due to injury, the others include Michael Vaughan, Andrew Flintoff, Simon Jones, Ashley Giles, Ian Blackwell, James Anderson and Liam Plunkett.
“On reflection of the NatWest Series defeat to Sri Lanka earlier in the summer, the selectors felt that we needed some experience in the line-up for Andrew Strauss and Duncan Fletcher,” said England’s Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney.
“As the 30-member ICC Champions Trophy squad illustrated, the selectors recognized Gough has bowled with great confidence for Essex this year,” he added.
England squad: Andrew Strauss (captain), Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Rikki Clarke, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, James Dalrymple, Darren Gough, Stephen Harmison, Ed Joyce, Jon Lewis, Sajid Mahmood, Kevin Pietersen, Chris Read (wicket-keeper), Marcus Trescothick and Michael Yardy.
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