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Gough given marching orders as England win


KURUNEGALA, Sri Lanka, March 3 (AFP) - England fast bowler Darren Gough was given his marching orders by skipper Nasser Hussain after another tantrum during a one-day limited overs practice match against a Sri Lanka Colts XI here Saturday.

England won the match easily coasting home by eight wickets with more than six overs to spare in what is their final match in preparation for Wednesday's second Test against Sri Lanka in Kandy.

England scored 250 for two wickets off 43.4 overs, in reply to the Sri Lanka Colts XI's 249 for seven off 50 overs.

This match replaced a three-day game which was originally scheduled to be played here.

The Yorkshire bowler was accidentally tripped by Colts XI batsman Indika de Saram as he went to field off his own bowling in the 37th over of the innings.

He fell to the ground and having got to his feet pointed his finger at the batsman. At the end of the over Gough snatched his sun glasses from umpire T.M. Samarasinghe.

Hussain followed the disgruntled bowler to third man and, pointing to the dressing room, appeared to tell Gough to go and cool down. The stocky paceman stormed off and appeared to say a few words to Samarasinghe on his way.

He returned later to complete his quota of overs and take the wicket of De Saram.

This was not the first time that Gough has lost his temper on the tour.

In England's first game in Colombo he waved a bat in the face of a schoolboy and verbally abused a Sri Lankan bowler after being caught at bat pad.

He was reported to the Sri Lankan Cricket Board, but no action was taken by the England management as the opposition did not press for any charges.

Gough's incident apart, England had a scare when their inform batsman Marcus Trescothick sustained a knee injury while fielding.

Trescothick pulled up in his follow through during his third over, clutching his left knee. He was forced to hobble of the pitch with physio Dean Conway assisting him. Craig White completed the over.

The injury to Trescothick didn't appear to be serious as he raced to a well struck half-century off 35 balls that included nine fours. Together with Hussain they laid the foundation for England's victory with an opening stand of 138 off 21 overs.

Trescothick went on to make an attractive 85 off 68 balls with 13 fours, and with Hussain scoring a fluent 73 off 99 balls England won quite comfortably.

The local team's batting was boosted by De Saram's entertaining knock of 62 off 64 balls. Lanka de Silva chipped in with a composed 49.

De Saram making a comeback to competitive cricket after an elbow injury hit six fours before skying a catch to Alec Stewart at long-on. Stewart, better known for his work behind the stumps, also held two more catches as substitute.

White was England's best bowler finishing with four wickets including two in two balls of the 47th over.





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