One career lifelined; another finished

Darren Gough was handed an England lifeline today when he was named in a provisional squad of 30 for the October Abomination, otherwise known as the ICC Champions Trophy. No such luck for Kabir Ali, though. Once heralded as an “exciting” (I’m guessing) allrounder, he persuaded the selectors to drop him during the one-day series against Sri Lanka with a display of worrying inadequacy. That’s the end of his career, then (although it remains to be seen whether he’ll follow Gough’s path and prance around on TV to attract the selectors’ attention once more).

I really couldn’t give a monkeys about this tournament. It’s a load of hogwash.