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DAZZA: I HID INJURY FROM OZ.

Ashes destroyer Darren Gough last night reveal-ed he blitzed the Aussies despite a secret shin-splints injury.

And Yorkie dazzler Gough has landed in a country v county battle after admitting he wants a rest.

Yorkshire would like him to play in their championship match, against Surrey starting at the Oval on Thursday.

But Gough, who has bagged 25 wickets in only four Ashes Tests, fears that may be one dose of capital punishment too many.

He said last night: "If it was my choice whether or not to play, you know what my decision would be.

"I've bowled more than 1,000 overs in the last year and I can feel a slight soreness in my shin when I bowl. A week's break before the Lord's Test would do

me the world of good, but Yorkshire pay my wages. I've had shin splints before - it's nothing that a couple of pain-killers won't solve at the moment. But there's an area at the bottom of my left leg, which is a slight problem."

The last thing England need after the stuffing of the Aussies in the first Cornhill Test at Edgbaston, is to lose their premier strike bowler.

He added: "I love playing in any Test match, but England v Australia is as special as England v Scotland in football.

Team manager David Lloyd said: "We're not going to make a formal request to Yorkshire - we just have to leave it to everyone's good sense."

Yorkshire chief executive Chris Hassell said: "We like to think we'd treat Darren with due care. We wouldn't be silly or make Gough play with an injury, but he has another day to rest and he may be feeling more rested by then.''
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Walters, Mike
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 10, 1997
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