Lawrence intent on comeback

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The former England paceman David "Syd" Lawrence could be about to make a return to the first-class game two years after he was forced to retire with a devastating knee injury.

The 32-year-old feared his career was over after he failed to overcome the split kneecap he suffered in a Test in New Zealand in February 1992. Yesterday, however, Lawrence revealed he has held preliminary talks with Philip August, the Gloucestershire chief executive, about a return to his old club.

Lawrence, speaking on Radio 5 Live, said: "I feel fitter than ever. I'm dead serious. It is something I feel that I have got to do for myself. I don't think I will ever be able to live with myself, I'll always ask that question: `could I have got back?' Now I want to try and do it."