Loss of Gough leaves Tykes disappointed

Yorkshire have admitted they are "disappointed" atlosing Darren Gough for the rest of the season.

Yorkshire have admitted they are "disappointed" atlosing Darren Gough for the rest of the season.

The England coach, Duncan Fletcher, announced that players who are selected for both the one-day and Test squads will not be available to their counties after 5 September, the day after the final Test against West Indies. He fears his players run the risk of burn-out if they play until the final day of the season on 17 September and then leave nine days later for the ICC Trophy tournament in Kenya. His decision means that Gough will miss the last two Championship games of the season.

The idea is not to the satisfaction of Yorkshire's chief executive, Chris Hassell, who said: "There is not much we can do about it. I would hope the players concerned will be seething to miss the climax of the season and I know that our members will be."

Curiously, Gough, banned by England from playing in current Roses match, has permission from Duncan Fletcher to bowl for the Yorkshire Academy in their league match at Barnsley this afternoon, which should greatly improve the attendance at Shaw Lane and gently inflame the tempers of the Headingley members.

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