Darren Gough, a former England pace bowler who played in four Ashes series, says it is nice to see England on top after facing years of torment during the 1990s and early 2000s.
England are on the verge of completing a 4-0 series win if they beat Australia at the Oval this week, a feat never achieved in the history of the series.
Speaking before the Oval Test, Gough revealed it was nice to see England on top with a settled side and world class bowlers at their disposal.
“It’s great to see England doing so well. They’ve got a good side, a good settled side. World class seamers in Broad and Anderson, world class spinner in Graeme Swann and the batting side speaks for itself, they all average over 40,” said Gough.
Gough spoke of the tough times he faced as part of an England squad beaten by Australia 3-1, 3-2, 3-1 and 4-1 between 1994 and 2001.
“In the nineties the Australian’s were dominant, they had a top side, a settled side. They had Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath tended to get the wickets for them, and Jason Gillespie not forgetting.
“Then with the bat they had Adam Gilchrist coming it at number seven, which after you get through Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Justin Langer, Damien Martyn, Ricky Ponting you had to get past Gilchrist. So yeah, they had a dominant side.”
The Yorkshireman who retired from Test cricket in 2003 because of a knee injury, urged the players to make the most of each and every Test match, putting extreme importance on the fifth Test at the Oval this week.
“If I was one of the players, if I was a Swann or an Anderson, I’d want to be playing. I’d want to be playing in an Ashes series in the last Test, I’d want to be taking five, six, seven wickets, whatever you can get out of the series,” Gough added.
“I retired from Test cricket at 31, 32 through injury and you just don’t know what’s round the corner. You want to play every single Test match while you can.”
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