If you want to retain your place in the side, don't take time off to go dancing. That seems to be the message for Darren Gough, who failed to make the tour party to India despite making his hopes for a berth very clear these last few days. Says the Telegraph:
Having ruled himself out of the pre-Christmas trip to Pakistan to appear on the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing, which he subsequently won, Gough, 35, made himself available for the second half of England's winter schedule.
But the promising performances of Lancashire's James Anderson and Liam Plunkett of Durham in Pakistan have prompted the selectors to keep faith with them in preference to Gough for the seven-match one-day series which follows the Test series.
Chairman of selectors David Graveney said: "Darren asked the selectors not to consider him for the tour of Pakistan for personal reasons and we respected his wishes.
"With Liam Plunkett and James Anderson performing well in Pakistan and Simon Jones now available for selection again, the selectors feel the priority is for these players to gain as much experience of one-day cricket as possible ahead of the World Cup."
The Test squad was far more predictable, although the selectors have confirmed they will be adding another spinner, possibly Northamptonshire's Monty Panesar or Ian Blackwell of Somerset, to the 15-man squad before it departs.