Tuesday 27 May 2008 

Darren Gough To Retire At End Of 2008 Season

Yorkshire captain and former England international Darren Gough has confirmed that 2008 will be his final season of first-class cricket.

"I have always been confident this would be my last season. It is time for me to call it a day at the end of September," he said.

He continued, "I love playing cricket and will still play at some standard. I don't want to do into anything too competitive. I want to spend some time with my children and watch them play cricket."

"I am nearly 38 and I have had a really good innings. Everyone has to come to an end and September is my time. I have loved captaining Yorkshire, but it's getting harder playing 4-day games. I still want to bring on the young lads before I go."

"I have had a great career and have brought a lot of youngsters into the game. I will still be staying in touch with all my old friends, but it is time to concentrate on the family."

Gough, 37, played 58 Tests and 158 One Day Internationals for England after making his Yorkshire debut in 1989 and still holds the record (234) for number of wickets for England in ODIs.