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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 April 2007, 07:55 GMT 08:55 UK
Gough pinpoints England failings
Darren Gough
Gough in action for Yorkshire Phoenix this season
Darren Gough believes England's shortcomings in one-day cricket can be blamed on their lack of domestic action in the 50-over game.

Gough, England's record one-day wicket-taker, says players need to get used to the white ball.

"It's 13 years since my one-day England debut, and even now I have difficulty controlling the white ball," he said.

"So I don't know how we can expect young bowlers to cope in the pressure of the international arena."

606: DEBATE

He urged the England and Wales Cricket Board to make England players available for more county one-day games.

"Some of the guys we were asking to bring home a World Cup have hardly bowled any overs - Sajid Mahmood couldn't even get in Lancashire's one-day team until they were hit by injuries," said the Yorkshire captain.

"I'm not saying Mahmood shouldn't be in the England side, because I think he has all the attributes, but we're asking him to learn his trade at the highest level and I'm not sure that's reasonable."

Gough, who played in 159 one-day internationals and 58 Tests for England, said he agreed with central contracts because they protected fast bowlers from burn-out, especially in four-day cricket.

But he added: "I'd like to see England players involved in more one-day games for their counties.

"Test cricket is tough, especially back-to-back matches, but when there's a bigger gap between Tests it would not do our bowlers any harm to bowl 10 overs in a one-day game.

"They might learn more by doing that than by pumping iron in the gym for two hours - and our batsmen might learn more about the art of hitting over the top in the first 15 overs.

"We play more one-day matches domestically, than any other Test-playing nation, so we should really be producing a better England one-day side."



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