Edgar “Ned” Willsher was an English cricketer known for being a catalyst in the shift from roundarm to overarm bowling. A left-handed bowler, useful lower-order batsman, Willsher played first-class cricket for Kent County Cricket Club between 1850 and 1875, he took despite only having one lung. He led a tour of Canada and the United States in 1868, after retiring from his playing career became an umpire. Willsher was born in Rolvenden, Kent, his older brother, senior by over ten years, William Willsher, would go on to have an inauspicious career with Kent three years before Edgar's own debut when, in 1847, he appeared in one first-class match, scoring a pair at number eleven and not bowling. Edgar Willsher made his own debut on 11 July 1850 at the Kennington Oval against Surrey, he took four wickets in Surrey's first innings, but was not required to bat again as Kent were dismissed successively for 52 and 84 when following on after Surrey's 248. Willsher waited over a year for his next game, against the All England Eleven on 24 July 1851.
This time Kent secured a draw, with Willsher taking four wickets in a match truncated by rain. He played only one other game in 1851, finishing the season with only eleven wickets though they were taken at an economical 17.50 runs per wicket. He became a more regular feature of the Kent side from 1853, with thirty-nine appearances over the next four years, he took thirty-two wickets in 1854, including a career-best 7/22. He passed fifty wickets in the season for the first time during the 1856 season, taking 66 in total at 10.76 runs per wicket from only eight games. This included four ten-wicket match hauls, he bettered his efforts with 71 wickets from ten games in 1857, though could only take 29 scalps in 1858 playing only six games. Seventy-nine wickets in 1859, one better in 1860 established Willsher as a key bowler for Kent, as he featured in their starting XI with fourteen games in each season; the 1860 season saw his career-best innings figures of 8/16, as well as his first noted successes with the bat, scoring his maiden half century, one of four for the season.
Fifteen more games in 1861 yielded another career-best 87 wickets in the season, his second eight-wicket haul. By the early 1860s, roundarm had replaced underarm as the standard form of bowling but overarm was still illegal though it was in use. Laws were modified in 1845 in an attempt to limit the increasing height of the bowlers arm. On 26 August 1862 at The Oval, Willsher became the first cricketer to be no-balled for bowling overarm. Playing for an England XI against Surrey he was called six times by umpire John Lillywhite for delivering the ball with his hand above his shoulder. Willsher left the field with eight of his professional colleagues and play was abandoned for the rest of the day; when Lillywhite refused to accept the legality of Willsher's action, he was replaced as umpire so that the game could continue. Willsher went on to take 6 for 49; as a result of this incident, which may well have been planned in advance to force the issue, the laws were changed and overarm was legalised from the beginning of the 1864 season.
Meanwhile, the 1863 season saw another 80 wickets for Willsher, as well as 494 runs with the bat, including three half-centuries. The runs scored during the season, his highest score of 89, would remain his career best. 1864 saw more success for Willsher in the County Championship with 79 more wickets at 13.84 runs each, though he failed to pass 50 with the bat. Though he struggled with only 47 wickets in 1865, he remained consistent with 52 scalps in 1866 and 51 more in the following season, though again failing with the bat with a best over both years of 46; the 1868 season, however was the best of Willsher’s career with the ball, taking in a hot and dry summer 113 wickets at only 9.98 runs per wicket, the second occasion - and one of only three in his entire career - where Willsher’s season average was under 10.00. This included twelve five-wicket hauls, six ten-wicket hauls, both career-best performances. Though once again struggling with the bat, scoring 246 runs at 10.69, Willsher’s 113 wickets was second in the list of wicket-takers for the 1868 season, behind only future Test player James Southerton, Willsher's average out-performed Southerton's 13.76.
Willsher enjoyed successes in 1869 and 1870, with 64 and 84 wickets and took 70 more wickets in 1871. From 1872 until retirement in 1875 he never bettered 35 wickets in a season, though he averages remained strong and his five-wicket hauls consistent, his appearances for Kent began to diminish, in 1874 he played only seven matches, not passing fifty with the bat after 1869, taking only two ten-wicket hauls in his final four seasons compared to thirteen in the proceeding four. Willsher played only two games in the 1875 season; the first, on 17 June against Hampshire, saw Willsher take four wickets in a convincing Kent innings victory, It was his final appearance for his county. In the last game of his first-class caree on 19 August between two invitation XI's representing the North and South of the country, playing alongside WG Grace, made only one run and was not called on to bowl. Arthur Haygarth: Scores and Biographies Edgar Willsher at ESPNcricinfo
John Lillywhite was an English cricketer and umpire during the game's roundarm era. John Lillywhite was part of a famous cricketing family, his father being William Lillywhite, a brother being Fred Lillywhite and his cousin being James Lillywhite. In 1863, members of the family established. Lillywhite was an all-rounder who batted right-handed and bowled right-arm roundarm, both slow and fast, his known first-class career spanned the 1848 to 1873 seasons. He took 223 wickets in 185 matches @ 11.56 with a best analysis of 8/54. He took five wickets in 10 wickets in a match twice, he scored 5127 runs @ 17.43 with a highest score of 138. He took 94 catches, he served as cricket coach at Rugby School where he nurtured star all-rounder Tom Wills, one of the founders of Australian rules football. At the end of the 1859 English cricket season, Lillywhite was one of the 12 players who took part in cricket's first-ever overseas tour when an English team led by George Parr visited North America. From 1856 to 1873, Lillywhite umpired in 29 first-class matches.
On 26 August 1862, during an All-England Eleven v. Surrey match at The Oval, Lillywhite no-balled Edgar Willsher six times in succession for what he deemed to be illegal "high" deliveries. Willsher and the majority of his All-England teammates protested and abandoned the match, Lillywhite was replaced the following day; the incident provoked much discussion and resulted in the laws of cricket being change to allow overarm bowling from the beginning of the 1864 season. CricketArchive The New York Clipper Lillywhite Family Museum H S Altham, A History of Cricket, Volume 1, George Allen & Unwin, 1926 Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999 Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970 Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volumes 3-9, Lillywhite, 1862-1867 John Major, More Than A Game, HarperCollins, 2007 – includes the famous 1859 touring team photo taken on board ship at Liverpool
In cricket, underarm bowling is as old as the sport itself. Until the introduction of the roundarm style in the first half of the 19th century, bowling was performed in the same way as in bowls, the ball being delivered with the hand below the waist. Bowls may well be an older game than cricket and it is possible that cricket was derived from bowls by the intervention of a batsman trying to stop the ball reaching its target by hitting it away, though bowling per se continued as in bowls. For centuries, bowling was performed as in bowls because the ball was rolled or skimmed along the ground; the bowlers may have used variations in pace but the basic action was the same. There are surviving illustrations from the first half of the eighteenth century which depict the bowler with one knee bent forward and his bowling hand close to the ground, while the ball trundles or skims towards a batsman armed with a bat shaped something like a large hockey stick and guarding a two-stump wicket. Cricket's first great bowling revolution occurred in the 1760s when bowlers started to pitch the ball instead of rolling it along the ground.
The change was evolutionary and has been described as the event that took cricket out of its "pioneering phase" into what may be termed its "pre-modern phase" and created a different code of cricket, just as there are now two different codes of rugby football. The pitched delivery was established by 1772 when detailed scorecards became commonplace and the straight bat had replaced the curved one by that time. There is no doubt, it has been said that the inventor was John Small of Hambledon but it is unlikely that he invented it. The 1760s are one of cricket's "Dark Ages"; this has to do with the impact of the Seven Years' War of 1756–1763 which not only claimed the sport's manpower but its patronage. Pitching may have begun during that period but little is known about it for it seems to have been introduced and accepted without the huge controversies that surrounded the implementations of roundarm and overarm; the first known codification of the Laws of Cricket, created by the London Cricket Club in 1744, makes no mention of prescribed bowling action and does not say the ball must be delivered at ground level, which suggests a pitched delivery would not be illegal.
The rules for bowlers in the 1744 Laws focus on the position of the hind foot during delivery and overstepping is the only specified cause for calling a no-ball. The umpires were granted "discretion" and so would call no-ball if, say, a ball was thrown by the bowler. One of the first great bowlers to employ the pitched delivery to good effect was Edward "Lumpy" Stevens of Chertsey and Surrey. There is a surviving rhyme about him to the effect that "honest Lumpy did allow he ne'er would pitch but o'er a brow". In those days, the leading bowler on each side had choice of where the wickets would be placed and Lumpy was adept at finding a spot where the turf was uneven on a good length so that he could use his repertoire of shooters and risers. Lumpy was a true professional who studied the arts and crafts of the game to seek continuous improvement as a bowler, he is known to have observed the flight of the ball and experimented for long hours with variations of line and speed of delivery until he had mastered the art of pitching.
Other great bowlers of the late 18th century were both of Hambledon. They were fast bowlers. A notable bowler of the time was Lamborn who spun the ball in an unorthodox fashion and may have been the "original unorthodox spinner". Underarm bowling was effective while pitch conditions were difficult for batsmen due to being uneven and uncovered. In time after the opening of Lord's and the development of groundsmanship, pitches began to improve and batsmen were able to play longer innings than formerly. In the 1780s and 1790s, one of the best batsmen around was Tom Walker, a useful slow bowler. Walker was another improviser like Lumpy and he began to experiment by bowling with his hand away from his body, it is not clear how high he raised his hand but it could have been waist height. He was accused of "jerking" the ball and so delivering it in an improper manner, he was censured for his trouble and was forced to return to his normal underarm lobs, but he had sown the seeds of bowling's next revolution.
This was so-called because the hand is held out from the body at the point of delivery. The roundarm style was promoted successively by John Willes, William Lillywhite and Jem Broadbridge until it was legalised, amid furious controversy, in 1835 with an amendment to the rule in 1845. Roundarm did not mean the end of underarm, which continued well into the overarm era that began in 1864. William Clarke, founder of the All England Eleven in 1845, remained a effective underarm bowler long after roundarm began. Others who sometimes bowled underarm into the overarm era were James Southerton. By the beginning of the twentieth century, underarm had more or less disappeared and was seen thereafter, although exceptions did occur. There were cases where a bowler so completed his over with underarms. In more controversial circumstances, there were instances of bowlers, no-b
Swing bowling is a technique used for bowling in the sport of cricket. Practitioners are known as swing bowlers. Swing bowling is classed as a subtype of fast bowling; the essence of swing bowling is to get the cricket ball to deviate sideways as it moves through the air towards or away from the batsman. To do this, the bowler makes use of six factors: The raised seam of the cricket ball The angle of the seam to the direction of travel The wear and tear on the ball The polishing liquid used on the ball The speed of the delivery The bowler's actionThe asymmetry of the ball is encouraged by the constant polishing of one side of the ball by members of the fielding team, while allowing the opposite side to deteriorate through wear and tear. With time, this produces a marked difference in the aerodynamic properties of the two sides. Both turbulent and laminar airflow contribute to swing. Air in laminar flow separates from the surface of the ball earlier than air in turbulent flow, so that the separation point moves toward the front of the ball on the laminar side.
On the turbulent flow side it remains towards the back, inducing a greater lift force on the turbulent airflow side of the ball. The calculated net lift force is not enough to account. Additional force is provided by the pressure-gradient force. To induce the pressure-gradient force the bowler must create regions of high and low static pressure on opposing sides of the ball; the ball is "sucked" from the region of high static pressure towards the region of low static pressure. The Magnus effect uses the same force but by manipulating spin across the direction of motion. A layer of fluid, in this case air, will have a greater velocity when moving over another layer of fluid than it would have had if it had been moving over a solid, in this case the surface of the ball; the greater the velocity of the fluid, the lower its static pressure. When the ball is new the seam is used to create a layer of turbulent air on one side of the ball, by angling it to one side and spinning the ball along the seam.
This changes the separation points of the air with the ball. The next layer of air will have a greater velocity over the side with the turbulent air due to the greater air coverage and as there is a difference in air velocity, the static pressure of both sides of the ball are different and the ball is both'lifted' and'sucked' towards the turbulent airflow side of the ball; when the ball is older and there is an asymmetry in roughness the seam no longer causes the pressure difference, can reduce the swing of the ball. Air turbulence is no longer used to create separation point differences and therefore the lift and pressure differences. On the rough side of the ball there are pits in the ball's surface; these irregularities act in the same manner as the dimples of a golf ball: they trap the air, creating a layer of trapped air next to the rough side of the ball, which moves with the surface of the ball. The smooth side does not trap a layer of air; the next layer of air outward from the ball will have a greater velocity over the rough side, due to its contact with a layer of trapped air, rather than solid ball.
This lowers the static pressure relative to the shiny side. If the scratches and tears cover the rough side of the ball, the separation point on the rough side will move to the back of the ball, further than that of the turbulent air, thereby creating more lift and faster air flow; this is. If the seam is used to create the turbulent air on the rough side, the tears will not fill as as they would with laminar flow, dampening the lift and pressure differences. Reverse swing occurs in the same manner as conventional swing, despite popular misconception. Over time the rough side becomes too rough and the tears become too deep – this is why golf ball dimples are never below a certain depth, so "conventional" swing weakens over time; when polishing the shiny side of the ball, numerous liquids are used, such as sweat, sunscreen, hair gel and other illegal substances like Vaseline. These liquids penetrate the porous surface of the leather ball. Over time the liquid expands and stretches the surface of the ball and creates raised bumps on the polished side, due to the non-uniform nature of the expansion.
The valleys between the bumps hold the air in the same manner as the tears on the rough side. This creates a layer of air over the shiny side, moving the separation point towards the back of the ball on the shiny side; the greater air coverage is now on the shiny side, giving rise to more lift and faster secondary airflow on that side. There is therefore lower static pressure on the shiny side, causing the ball to swing towards it, not away from it as in conventional swing; the rough side tears hold the air more than the shiny side valleys, so to maintain the air within the valleys the initial air layer must have a high velocity, why reverse swing is but not achieved by fast bowlers. Due to the less static nature of the initial air layer it takes longer for the swing to occur, why it occurs in the delivery; this is why reverse swing can occur in the same delivery. Cold and humid weather are said to enhance swing. Colder air is denser and so may affect the differential forces the ball experiences in flight.
When looking at humidity, changes between 0% and 40% humidity appear to ha
In cricket, a yorker is a ball bowled which hits the cricket pitch around the batsman's feet. When a batsman assumes a normal stance, this means that the cricket ball bounces on the cricket pitch on or near the batsman's popping crease. A batsman who advances down the pitch to strike the ball may by so advancing cause the ball to pitch at or around his feet and may thus cause himself to be "yorked"; the Oxford English Dictionary gives the derivation of the term as originating in Yorkshire, a notable English cricketing county. However, other derivations have been suggested; the term may derive from the 18th and 19th century slang term "to pull Yorkshire" on a person meaning to trick or deceive them, although there is evidence to suggest that the Middle English word yuerke may have been the source. A batsman, beaten by a yorker is said to have been yorked. "Beaten" in this context does not mean that the batsman is bowled or given out lbw but can include the batsman missing the ball with the bat.
A delivery, intended to be a yorker but which does not york the batsman is known as an attempted yorker. A batsman in his normal stance will raise his bat as the bowler bowls which can make the yorker difficult to play when it arrives at the batsman's feet. A batsman may only realise late that the delivery is of yorker length and will jam his bat down to "dig out" the yorker. A yorker is a difficult delivery to bowl as a mistimed delivery can either result in a full toss or half-volley which can be played by the batsman. Bowling yorkers is a tactic used most by fast bowlers. A fast yorker is one of the most difficult types of delivery in cricket to play as the bat must be swung down right to the pitch to intercept the ball—if any gap remains between the bat and the pitch, the ball can squeeze through and go on to hit the wicket; the yorker might miss the bat but hit the pads in front of the wicket, resulting in the batsman getting out lbw. When the batsman blocks such a ball, it is referred to as "dug out".
A bowler who achieves swing when bowling yorkers can be more dangerous, as the ball will deviate sideways as it travels towards the batsman, making it harder to hit. Yorkers can be aimed directly at the batsman's feet, forcing the batsman to shift his feet while attempting to play the ball, or risk being hit. Inswinging yorkers have a reputation for being hard to defend and difficult to score runs off; such a delivery is colloquially known as a sandshoe crusher, toe crusher, cobbler's delight or nail breaker. A recent variation is the wide yorker, delivered wide of the batsman on the off side; this is useful in Twenty20 cricket as a ploy to restrict runs rather than to get the batsman out. Despite the effectiveness of yorkers, they are notoriously difficult to bowl and will be attempted only a handful of times during a sequence of several overs. Yorkers are best used to surprise a batsman who has become accustomed to hitting shorter-pitched balls and not with the bat speed necessary to defend against a yorker.
As such, a yorker is bowled to give the batsman less time to react and position his bat. The yorker is regarded as effective against weak tail-end batsmen, who lack the skill to defend a non-swinging yorker and who are sometimes less susceptible to other bowling tactics, it is particularly effective in the stages of an innings in one-day cricket, because it is the most difficult of all deliveries to score off if defended successfully. Runs will only be scored off edges or straight down the ground; the most notable bowlers in delivering yorkers are Pakistanis Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar and Faran Muzaffar, Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga, Australians Brett Lee, Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson, New Zealanders Trent Boult, Shane Bond and Tim Southee, South Africans Dale Steyn and Alan Donald, West Indians Patrick Patterson, Malcolm Marshall, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose and Jerome Taylor, Indians Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Englishmen Andrew Flintoff and Steven Finn.
A yorker is delivered late in the bowling action with the hand pointing vertically. The aim is both to get more pace and to deliver it so as to deceive the batsman in flight, it is recommended to deliver the ball with some inswing but an away-swinging yorker aimed at the pads can be just as effective. Because yorkers are quite difficult to bowl they require substantial practice in order to achieve consistent success. How did the term'yorker' originate - ESPNcricinfo How to bowl a yorker in cricket - wisdomtalkes How to bowl a yorker - pitchvision
Frederick William Lillywhite was an English first-class cricketer during the game's roundarm era. One of the main protagonists in the legalisation of roundarm, he was one of the most successful bowlers of his era, his status is borne out by his nickname: The Nonpareil. Lillywhite's known first-class career spanned the 1825 to 1853 seasons, he played for Sussex County Cricket Club as well as the Marylebone Cricket Club, represented Surrey and Middlesex in the period before the formation of the current county clubs. Detailed bowling figures for many of his matches are not known: he took 1576 wickets in 237 matches, took 155 five-wicket-hauls and 55 ten-wicket-hauls, he was an original member of William Clarke's All-England Eleven. Part of a cricketing dynasty, he was the father of John Lillywhite and Fred Lillywhite, uncle of James Lillywhite. Lillywhite was born on 13 June 1792 in Westhampnett, near Chichester. Little is known of his early life, with no references to him in a cricketing sense until 11 July 1822, when he is noted in the records of a cricket match which took place in Goodwood Park, in the grounds of Goodwood House near his birthplace.
He is recorded that year as moving to Brighton where he appeared for a local cricket club for two years. He features on a scorecard for West Sussex v East Sussex which took place at Petworth Park on 5 July 1824, where he took four wickets in West Sussex's first innings, scored 26 runs batting down the order. Lillywhite's seasons in Brighton improved his bowling enough to earn him a debut for Sussex in 1825, his chance came in part due to a desire to test the emerging roundarm bowling style against established players, his first matches were the so-called Roundarm trial matches, in which he was permitted to bowl roundarm. Lillywhite played his first of these games in Brighton on 13 June against Kent. Batting first, Lillywhite made 41 to complement the 70 made by opener George Brown and career-best 85 by Charles Pierpoint, he took two wickets in his first outing with the ball, a third in Kent's second innings as Kent were dismissed for 40 and 43, losing by 243 runs. Lillywhite made two more appearances for his county that season, finished the year with thirteen wickets.
He made four more appearances in 1826, while continuing to play West Sussex against East Sussex matches in Brighton and Petworth. He took 27 first-class wickets that summer, including sixteen wickets – seven in the first innings and nine in the second – as part of a combined Surrey and Sussex team against Hampshire in Bramshill on 7 August. Though he only features in five matches in 1827, eight the following season, seven more the year after that, Lillywhite's wicket tallies continued to grow from twenty to thirty-four and forty-two wickets including four five-wicket hauls in 1829, both representing then-career best return, he thus established himself in the county side, was rewarded with twelve matches in 1832 in which he took seventy-one wickets. He was invited to play for the Marylebone Cricket Club from 1830 onwards, for whom he would go on to take over 400 wickets. Lillywhite's cricket in the 1833 season was reduced to only six first-class appearances, though he took thirty-seven wickets.
He continued to occupy his time with further appearances at West Sussex v East Sussex games. He took thirty-eight wickets in 1834 and forty-two more in 1835. Lillywhite's success was now leading to further controversy of the status of roundarm bowling, he was becoming well known throughout the country; the MCC Had altered the laws twice during the early years of Lillywhite's career with regards to what height the bowler could raise his arm. That year the MCC governing body, in light of the growing success of roundarm bowling by Lillywhite and fellow Sussex player Jem Broadbridge, modified the playing rules to legalise roundarm bowling. After taking fifty wickets in a season for the first time in 1836, Lillywhite enjoyed unprecedented success in the 1837 season, he played only ten first-class matches, two fewer than in 1832, however he took ninety-nine wickets. One of the first seasons of his career for which complete records survive, his bowling average is recorded at only 8.65, his return included eleven five-wicket hauls and six ten-fors.
Lillywhite's prowess resulted in an increasing number of offers to play for invitational elevens. In the 1830s and 1840s he appeared for an England XI, Right-Handed XI, Married XI, several Gentlemen v Players teams – in which he appeared for both at difference times – a Slow Bowlers XI, North of England, South of England, Gentlemen of Sussex and Fuller Pilch's Invitational XI, he took 42 more wickets in 1838, before reaping great rewards in 1839 and 1840 with 78 and 83 wickets respectively. In 1842 he began playing for Hampshire and for Cambridge Town, his wicket tallies passed one-hundred wickets for a season for the first time in 1842, when he took 103 from fourteen matches. By 1843 Lillywhite was playing fifteen or sixteen first-class matches each season, appearing for Hampshire, the MCC and Sussex, he took over one-hundred wickets for three consecutive seasons between 1842 and 1844, after taking eighty-four in 1845 he returned with 102 the following year. By now Lillywhite's ability with the ball was becoming infamous, he acquired the moniker Non pareil – unrivalled or matchless.
"It was that he played without obtaining a wicket," noted cricket historian RJ Brown, "He was a short thick-set powerful man about 5' 4" in height, with a knack of detecting any weak points in his opponents' defences." It was in 1844 that he made his career-best with the bat, 44 not out. He took sixty-fiv
Darren Gough is a retired English cricketer and former captain of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The spearhead of England's bowling attack through much of the 1990s, he is England's second highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals with 234, took 229 wickets in his 58 Test matches, making him England's ninth most successful wicket-taker. Gough was right-handed batsman. 1.80 m and broad in beam, he achieved his pace from a good approach to the wicket and a leaping sideways-on action, achieving what was described as "skiddy" fast bowling. Capable of swinging the ball late, a large number of his wickets were gained through lbw or bowled with an inswinging yorker delivery. Gough retired at the end of the 2008 cricket season with Justin Langer as his final first-class wicket. Langer commented in his BBC column that "Darren Gough will retire as one of the most respected and admired cricketers of our generation" noting that Gough had commented to Langer after his final match "I am happy to finish with an Aussie in my pocket."
Gough retired on a high being regarded as a Yorkshire legend. Gough was considered to be a budding young footballer and appeared many times for a YTS team before he embarked on his cricketing career, he refers to his ability as a footballer as a presenter of Talksport's flagship Drivetime programme and demonstrates immense pride at "playing football at a high level". The initial steps of Gough's first-class cricketing life, according to his autobiography, were marked by a lack of discipline and ambition. In May 1993, during a match for Yorkshire against Hampshire at Southampton, he shifted his mindset completely. With the hosts well into their second innings, Gough beginning to jade, he found himself with four wickets and a choice: he must either disregard his bodily protests and go for the five-for, or he must lower his speed and safeguard his analysis; the latter had characterised his approach in most such scenarios hitherto, he duly went with it until Richie Richardson, Yorkshire's foreign signing, told him to engage the former.
Having played through one of the greatest epochs of West Indian cricket, characterised by a pace attack regarded by many as the finest Richardson was well placed to convey such wisdom. Gough took it, claimed his five-for and realised that bowling fast and taking wickets was far more suited to his talents and personality; the new philosophy typified the remainder of his career. He was first selected for the England cricket team in 1994, playing both Test and One Day International cricket. Four first-innings wickets and an innings of 65 on Test debut showed his potential, the media, as is usual with any aggressive England all-rounder dubbed him the "new Botham". Like most such pretenders to that throne, he did not ascend to such lofty heights: his batting fell away, he averaged only 12 with the bat in Tests. Nonetheless, his continued presence in the England team became a vital one in both personality and play. Memorable highlights of his Test career included taking the 23rd hat-trick in Test cricket against Australia at Sydney in 1999.
His only first-class century came against Warwickshire in 1996 at Headingley. He retired from Test cricket in 2003 after a knee injury threatened to end his career, having taken 229 wickets with a bowling average of 28.39. He has continued playing one-day international cricket, became the first Englishman to take 200 wickets in one-day cricket in September 2004. In January 2005, he played for the World XI in the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal one-day international versus the Asian XI. Gough asked not to be considered for selection for England's tour of Pakistan in October–December 2005 so that he could spend more time with his family. Selectors were content with his decision until it was discovered that he had signed up to take part in the BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing, of which he was the celebrity winner, he was subsequently omitted from the ODI party to tour India in February and March 2006, prompting renewed speculation that his career was at an end. However, he was named as a member of the ODI squad to play Pakistan in August 2006, playing two ODIs and one Twenty20 International, before a shin injury forced him to withdraw from the team.
Cricket writer Tim de Lisle claimed in a column for Cricinfo that after this, " international career all but over". He played county cricket for Yorkshire for 15 years before moving to Essex in 2004 due to family reasons, he returned to Yorkshire for the 2007 season as their captain stating "They know I'll run through brick walls for Yorkshire. I've come home", he joined Matthew Hoggard in a formidable Yorkshire attack. His reign as captain of Yorkshire got off to a flier, his opening five games saw two one-day victories. Gough suffered, he took 6–47 before taking a blow from Kent's Ryan McLaren, attempting to stop a straight drive off his own bowling. Despite suffering the injury, Gough bowled on taking the wicket of culprit McLaren. In 2005, Gough took part in the BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with British National champion Lilia Kopylova. Gough noted that this would keep him fit whilst allowing him to spend the winter with his family and, visibly at least, had the support of his England colleagues.
He went on to win both the 2005 Christmas Special. Two years he returned to win the 2007 Christmas Special. Following this he took part in the Strictly Come Dancing live tour d