The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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‘Bowling is like riding a bike’

London: Darren Gough insisted on Wednesday that he was on course to face Australia, even though he has not played in Tests for over a year.

But his prolonged absence from top-class cricket has not dented Gough’s self-confidence.

He said: “I am 32, I am not 21, and you don’t forget how to bowl, even though I keep reading that I have not bowled for a year. It’s like riding a bike.

“I am not scared, I have no fear. I have been around for 20 years and once I start again, it might take a week, but I know I have nothing to worry about.”

Gough maintained that his earlier comments about a delayed return had been misunderstood. “The plan was that my fitness would be adjudged around the time of the first Test but I am ahead of schedule. I was not supposed to bowl until I was out there but I have been for the last week off short run-ups.

“We have three weeks until the opening Test when I hope I will be either available or playing. I love cricket. I am just pleased to have this opportunity to give it my best shot and I am confident it will go well.”

Asked if he minded being England’s third quickest bowler behind the likes of Simon Jones and Stephen Harmison, Gough said: “No, because I’m the best.”

And on a more serious note, Gough insisted: “I’ve never been one to be jealous of my teammates. I want them to do well.”

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