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Darren Gough to join England set-up as fast bowling coach ahead of New Zealand tour

Darren Gough will join England’s coaching team to work with their bowling attack ahead of November’s tour of New Zealand.

The talkSPORT host is temporarily swapping Adrian Durham’s company on Drive to spend time alongside the likes of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes as a fast bowling coach.

Goughie is a popular figure in the England camp

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Goughie is a popular figure in the England camp

Gough, 49, led England’s bowling attack for nearly a decade from 1994, taking 229 wickets in 58 Test matches.

He is highly-regarded among England’s senior coaching team and a popular figure in the world of cricket.

Gough will join up with the Test squad in Auckland on November 5 and will work with the seam bowling group until November 18 as part of their preparations for the series with New Zealand.

The first of the two Tests begins on November 20 at the Bay Oval in Tauranga.

England head coach Chris Silverwood said: “I’m delighted to have Darren on board. I have known him a long time and his vast knowledge and experience at international level will drive our bowling unit forward leading into the two-match Test series. He will be excellent around the group and will settle in quickly.”

Gough, who is a qualified level three cricket coach and has been a talkSPORT host since ending his playing career in 2008, added: “It is a tremendous honour to be asked by Chris Silverwood and Ashley Giles to be involved in this elite environment.

“I very much look forward to working with all the bowlers and helping them improve. I will gain a lot from the experience and to work at this level will benefit me as a coach for the long-term. I can’t wait to get cracking.”

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