Darren Gough joins England Squad as Fast Bowling Coach
talkSPORT presenter Darren Gough has confirmed he will join England as a fast-bowling consultant for their New Zealand tour. The former England fast-bowling legend will link up with the Test squad in Auckland next week and will work with the pace bowlers ahead of the First Test in Mount Maunganui on November 21.
Gough is the presenter of the talkSPORT Drive show and talkSPORT’s lead cricket presenter for the station’s exclusive live coverage of England’s tour of South Africa starting on Boxing Day and England’s tour of India in 2021.
He will continue his role as presenter for talkSPORT’s Drive show once he returns from New Zealand and continues as talkSPORT’s lead for its award-winning cricket coverage.
Darren Gough said: “I’m proud to be joining the England squad in New Zealand to work with such a talented group of bowlers, a promising team and a new head coach in Chris Silverwood. I’m also delighted I will be following up this opportunity to be back behind the microphone for England’s tour of South Africa and the talkSPORT team will be keeping my seat warm at in the Drivetime studio.”
Wireless CEO Scott Taunton said: “Darren has been integral to talkSPORT's programming for a long time now and this new role at the heart of the England camp for the New Zealand tour is great for Darren, the station, and even better for England. Fans will still be able to hear Darren and the talkSPORT team with exclusive and extensive coverage of England's much anticipated tour of South Africa in December. All of us at talkSPORT wish Darren the best of luck in this adventure.”
Commenting on the appointment of Gough, England Men’s Head Coach Chris Silverwood, said:
“I’m delighted to have Darren on board. I have known him a long time and his vast knowledge and experience at 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.”
Gough, who is a qualified level three cricket coach, added:
“It is a tremendous honour 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.”
The former Yorkshire and Essex quick represented England across all three formats with distinction over a 12-year career, which saw him take 229 wickets in 58 Tests at an average of 28.39. In one-day internationals, he is England's second highest wicket-taker in history with 234 at an average of 26.42 from his 159 matches.
Since his retirement from the sport in 2008, the Barnsley-born Gough has become a respected radio broadcaster on the UK sports station TalkSport.
England Test squad
Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain
Jofra Archer (Sussex)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Rory Burns (Surrey)
Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
Zak Crawley (Kent)
Sam Curran (Surrey)
Joe Denly (Kent)
Jack Leach (Somerset)
Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)
Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire)
Ollie Pope (Surrey)
Dominic Sibley (Warwickshire)
Ben Stokes (Durham)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
England tour of New Zealand 2019 - Fixtures
Fri 1 Nov: 1st IT20 v New Zealand – Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Sun 3 Nov: 2nd IT20 v New Zealand – Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Tue 5 Nov: 3rd IT20 v New Zealand – Saxton Oval, Nelson
Fri 8 Nov: 4th IT20 v New Zealand – McLean Park, Napier
Sun 10 Nov: 5th IT20 v New Zealand – Eden Park, Auckland
Tue 12 Nov: Two-day warm-up match – Cobham Oval, Whangarei
Fri 15 Nov-Sun 17 Nov: Three-day warm-up match – Cobham Oval, Whangarei
Thu 21 Nov-Mon 25 Nov: 1st Test v New Zealand – Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui
Fri 29 Nov-Tue 3 Dec: 2nd Test v New Zealand – Seddon Park, Hamilton