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Point man Gough earns recall for S. Africa test


Veteran swing bowler Darren Gough will spearhead England's new ball attack in the first cricket test against South Africa at Edgbaston next week.

Gough, 32, earned his first test recall in nearly two years after being named in the 12-man squad Friday.

Gough, a 56-test veteran with 228 wickets, will share the new ball with 21-year-old swing bowler James Anderson.

Injuries to Richard Johnson (groin) and Matthew Hoggard (knee) have forced the England selectors to hand Gough an early recall. Also sidelined for the rest of the summer is veteran swing bowler Andy Caddick with a career-threatening back injury.

The selectors also named uncapped fast bowler James Kirtley.

Johnson, who made an impressive test debut against Zimbabwe in the second test at the Riverside, was overlooked after aggravating a groin injury.

Gough, has been sidelined for the best part of the last 24 months as he underwent three operations on his troublesome right knee.

But he made a successful comeback during the recent one-day series as England beat South Africa in the final at Lord's.

"Darren Gough had an outstanding one-day series," said David Graveney, chairman of selectors. "He has been playing four-day cricket for Yorkshire and he feels confident that he will be able to make a contribution to the test side."

Allrounder Andrew Flintoff also earned a test recall after a shoulder injury kept him out of England's 2-0 win over Zimbabwe at the start of the summer.

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