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  Thursday, 31 January, 2002, 13:00 GMT
Gough joins the centurions
Darren Gough
Darren Gough capturing another wicket
BBC Online takes a look at the most capped men in the one-day game as England's Darren Gough joins the 100 club.

Darren Gough joined a select band of England cricketers on Thursday by winning his 100th one-day international cap, but in global terms he's still learning.

His elevation to a select band of cricketers came in Thursday's one-day game in New Delhi where he became the eighth England player reach a century of appearances.

Although it was not a vintage day for Gough he did at least capture danger man Virender Sehwag in his second over before bowling a tight final over at the death.

Agony and ecstasy

It was back in the summer of 1994 that Gough made his one-day international bow against New Zealand with his 2-36 seeing England to a 42 run victory.

But the following winter in Australia saw him experience both the agony and ecstasy of one-day international cricket.

After recording bowling figures of 5-44 against Zimbabwe and scoring 45 not out against Australia - both of which are still career best figure - Gough's international career was brought to an abrupt and agonising halt.

Coming in to bowl his first ball against Australia at the MCG he slipped in his bowling stride and had to be carried from the field.
Darren Gough carried from the field
Gough's one-day career was abruptly interupted by injury in Australia in 1995

X-rays later revealed a stress fracture of the foot and Gough played no further part in the series.

World Cup disappointment

The World Cup has also proved a massive disappointment in Gough's one-day career.

The 1996 World Cup in the Indian sub-continent saw England eliminated by the rampant Sri Lankans at the quarter-final stage.

And England fans won't need reminding of England's early exit in 1999.

However, barring recalls for Graeme Hick and Alec Stewart, Gough will be the only England player to have reached the 100 cap landmark by the time the 2003 World Cup rolls around.

But whilst Gough lies in eighth position in the all-time one-day appearance list for England his achievement is not unusual amongst the other cricketing nations.

  One-day appearances: England's Top Ten
1. Alec Stewart 146
2. Graham Gooch 125
3. Allan Lamb 122
4. Graeme Hick 120
5. Ian Botham 116
6. David Gower 114
7. Phil De Freitas 103
8. Darren Gough 100
9. Mike Gatting 92
10. Neil Fairbrother 75

For instance, England could face no less than six centurions when they lock horns with New Zealand in a couple of weeks time.

All-rounder Chris Harris, enjoying an impressive triseries in Australia has already amassed 195 one-day caps making him the most capped Kiwi of all-time.

Wicket-keeper Adam Parore (176 caps), skipper Stephen Fleming (162), Chris Cairns (144), Nathan Astle (142) and Craig McMillan (101) have also all appeared over one-hundred times for the Black Caps.

India's penchant for one-day cricket is well known but it has given a number of players the opportunity to gain numerous one-day caps.

285 Caps

Master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar has an incredible 285 caps to his name at the tender age of 28 and three of his Indian team mates have also gained in excess of 180 caps.

Leg-spinner Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath have both passed the 200 cap mark with current captain Sachin Ganguly earning his 185th cap in today's clash in Delhi.

Around the globe five current players can match Tendulkar's achievement in making over 250 one-day international appearances.

Australian captain Steve Waugh has appeared 324 times in the gold and green with Pakistani veteran Wasim Akram just one cap behind him.

Australian captain Steve Waugh
Steve Waugh has 324 caps to his name already
Other members of the 250 Club are Sri Lankan batsmen Aravinda De Silva (275 caps) and Sanath Jayasuria (252) along with Pakistan's Inzaman Ul-Haq (254).

So whilst Gough's achievement in receiving his 100th cap is to be applauded many of players England will face over the next few months will have many more caps to their name.

And whether or not that hampers England's progress in next year's World Cup remains to be seen.

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