Darren Gough appointed England's fast bowling consultant ahead of New Zealand Test matches

The Independent

The Independent

Author 2019-10-31 03:10:05

Darren Gough has been appointed as England’s fast bowling consultant in preparation for the side’s two-match Test series against New Zealand.

The 49-year-old former bowler is set to offer his services to the England bowlers from 5 to 18 November ahead of the first Test in Mount Mauganui on 20 November.

Gough took 229 wickets in 58 Tests for England between 1994 and 2003, while in the ODI format he recorded figures of 234 wickets in 159 ODIs, a total only bettered by James Anderson.

The former bowler replaces Chris Silverwood, who was given the head coach role following the departure of Trevor Bayliss, in the role.

“It is a tremendous honour to be asked to be involved in this elite environment,” Gough said.

“I very much look forward to working with all the bowlers and helping them improve. I will gain a lot from the experience and to work at this level will benefit me as a coach for the long-term. I can’t wait to get cracking.”

Silverwood, who played with Gough during their time at Yorkshire, added: “I’m delighted to have Darren on board.

Darren Gough has been appointed England’s fast bowling consultant (Getty)

“I have known him a long time and his vast knowledge and experience at international level will drive our bowling unit forward leading into the two-match Test series.

“He will be excellent around the group and will settle in quickly.”

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