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Last Updated: Friday, 16 April, 2004, 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK
Guyana wash-out for England
Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss is one of the new faces in England's squad
Persistent rain in Georgetown washed out England's only warm-up game before the start of the one-day series against West Indies.

They were due to take on Red Stripe Bowl champions Guyana, but the weather meant no play was possible.

Sunday's first one-day international could also be disrupted with more rain predicted for the next four days.

The one-day series is best of seven with West Indies looking to avenge their 3-0 defeat in the Tests.

England have five players not involved in the Test squad and three others, Paul Collingwood, Rikki Clarke and James Anderson who only played supporting roles.

Of the new faces, Darren Gough will be the focus of plenty of attention in his first taste of international action since last summer.

He is England's all-time leading one-day wicket-taker with 188 victims and retired from Test cricket last year to prolong his career in the shorter form of the game.

"I retired from Test cricket because I felt I couldn't achieve the standards I wanted to achieve but in one-day cricket I think I can still do that," said Gough.

"I'm still as keen to play for England as I ever was - I wouldn't be here otherwise.

"I love cricket, I love playing and I love the game. I'm not here for the cash, I'm here to play for my country and hopefully do a good job."

He added: The knee is not suddenly going to get better and I'm going to have the same problems all the way along, but I know how to manage it and I'll be working twice as hard and so far everything's been good.

"Since we got here a week ago we've been training for a week in Grenada and I've bowled up to 40 or 45 overs in practice so I should be fine."





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