Darren Gough ends his first class career

September 23rd, 2008 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 23 (IANS) Former England fast bowler Darren Gough drew curtains to his first class career.The Yorkshire captain made his last first-class appearance Monday after deciding to sit out the final match of the season against Sussex.

Gough, 38, played his last home game against Somerset and was applauded off by the crowd.

“I wanted to go out in style - and that proved to me I am ready to retire. I am absolutely shattered now,” Gough was quoted as saying in BBC.

Gough took two wickets during his fiery first spell on the final day of the game at Somerset.

“I bowled as quick as I have for a long, long time in that first spell. I had the opposition saying that is the quickest they have faced all season and when they say stuff like that, I’d like to finish on that note.”

“When I look back I’m glad my last wicket was Justin Langer. I’ve had some great battles against him and it’s nice to know my last wicket in Yorkshire was someone as good as him.”

Gough took 855 first-class wickets in a career spanning two spells at his native Yorkshire and one stint with Essex.

But county cricket may not have seen the last of him as he is contemplating the possibility of playing in next summer’s Twenty20 Cup.

Gough played 58 Tests and claimed 229 wickets while his 159 one-day internationals fetched 235 wickets.

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