sport news Ashes: Darren Gough on Shane Warne and England vs Australia cricket classics

sport news Ashes: Darren Gough on Shane Warne and England vs Australia cricket classics
sport news Ashes: Darren Gough on Shane Warne and England vs Australia cricket classics

Every time an Ashes series approaches, the memories come flooding back for Darren Gough. Joyous and bittersweet, moments that were the pinnacle of his career and others of physical pain.

Twice Gough toured Australia, just as England are about to do, and one of the fastest bowlers of his era certainly packed a lot in.

His trip Down Under in the winter of 1994-95 ended prematurely when he broke his foot during a one-day match that punctuated the Test series.

Darren Gough (left) and Mark Butcher grab a stump as a souvenir as England clinch victory over Australia in the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne in 1998

Darren Gough (left) and Mark Butcher grab a stump as a souvenir as England clinch victory over Australia in the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne in 1998 

Gough bowls Stuart MacGill as part of his hat-trick in the fifth Test at Sydney in January 1999 - the Yorkshireman was the only England bowler to claim an Ashes hat-trick in the 20th century

Gough bowls Stuart MacGill as part of his hat-trick in the fifth Test at Sydney in January 1999 - the Yorkshireman was the only England bowler to claim an Ashes hat-trick in the 20th century

Gough made a big impact Down Under for England on his two tours of Australia in the 1990s

Gough made a big impact Down Under for England on his two tours of Australia in the 1990s

Gough returned to Heathrow on crutches but at least he got to meet his newborn son, Liam, a little earlier than anticipated.

In a sign either of his X-factor with the ball or England's general impotence - or a bit of both - Gough was still his team's leading wicket-taker, with 20, even though he missed the final two Tests.

That series ended up 3-1 to Australia, the same scoreline as the 1998-99 tour in which the Yorkshireman played in all five Tests and produced some iconic moments.

In the fourth Test at Melbourne, Australia were 130 for three chasing 175 for victory and a 3-0 series lead.

Gough's hat-trick at the SCG in 1999 - Ian Healy is caught behind (left), Stuart MacGill is bowled (middle) and Colin Miller suffers the same fate (right)

Gough's hat-trick at the SCG in 1999 - Ian Healy is caught behind (left), Stuart MacGill is bowled (middle) and Colin Miller suffers the same fate (right) 

John Crawley runs in to celebrate with Gough (left) after his outswinger bowled Miller for 0

John Crawley runs in to celebrate with Gough (left) after his outswinger bowled Miller for 0

But they collapsed and though Dean Headley did most of the damage it was Gough who bowled Stuart MacGill and then trapped Glenn McGrath LBW two ball later to clinch an unlikely 12 run win.

The image of Gough grabbing a stump and waving it above his head became famous - a memory of a time when England Test wins in Australia were scarce indeed.

In the fifth Test in Sydney, Gough became the only Englishman to take an Ashes hat-trick in the 20th century, his perfect outswinger to knock over Colin Miller's off-stump sending the Barmy Army into rapture.

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'Dazzler' certainly lived up to his nickname against Australia, with even their greatest players acknowledging Gough's abilities.

'I was made an honorary Australian!' beams Gough as he sits down with Sportsmail.

'I still get it from Shane Warne, who still says in every interview he does that the only player from the 1990s who would have got in their team was Darren Gough. So I take that as a huge, huge compliment.

'I was lucky enough to play there on two full tours. The first time I went there I did my knee so wasn't able to play in the final Tests and I came home.

'My other Tests there, I have great memories. I got man of the match and took a hat-trick over there and managed to win… one Test!

'They were great in that period of time between 1994 and 2002 - that Australian team was as good as it gets.

'I look back now and, yes, I was desperate to win an

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