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Ahead of the series against New Zealand, England name Darren Gough as fast-bowling consultant

Ahead of the series against New Zealand, England name Darren Gough as fast-bowling consultant

Former England pacer Darren Gough was named as the national side’s fast bowling consultant in the run-up to the two-match Test series against New Zealand.

Darren Gough will travel to Auckland on November 5 where he will meet up with the squad and will assist the fast bowling unit until 18th November. Darren Gough was an integral part of England’s pace unit across all formats in the 1990s and early 2000s and he is now a level three coach. He retired from international cricket with almost 500 wickets in his bag and had moderate-level success in New Zealand having bagged 19 scalps at an average of 19 in the three-match Test series against the Kiwis in 1997.

“I’m delighted to have Darren Gough on board. I have known him a long time and his vast knowledge and experience at the 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,” Chris Silverwood, England head coach, said.

“It is a tremendous honor to be asked by Chris Silverwood and Ashley Giles to be involved in this elite environment. 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 do benefit me as a coach for the long-term. I can’t wait to get cracking,” Gough noted.

England will play their first Test in Bay Oval, starting on November 21. The second match of the rubber will commence on November 29 in Hamilton.