Hoggard tells England to ignore Ramprakash
Former England quick Matthew Hoggard has urged the selectors to forget about Mark Ramprakash and pick a younger candidate to strengthen the batting for the fifth Ashes Test.cricket Updated: Aug 11, 2009 13:29 IST
Former England quick Matthew Hoggard has urged the selectors to forget about Mark Ramprakash and pick a younger candidate to strengthen the batting for the fifth Ashes Test.
Ramprakash has been the outstanding batsman in county cricket in recent seasons, joining the select group of players with a hundred first-class centuries to their name.
And on Sunday he bolstered his case for a Test recall at his Oval home ground, where the Ashes finale starts on August 20, with 134 not out for Surrey against Derbyshire in the Second Division of the County Championship.
Ramprakash's latest hundred came as England slumped to an innings and 80 run fourth Test loss to Australia inside three days at Headingley here on Sunday, having been bowled out for just 102 in their first innings.
But the 39-year-old Ramprakash hasn't played for England in seven years and his 52 Tests yielded just two hundreds amidst accusations that, for all his talent, he lacked the right mentality to succeed at the very highest level.
"If you want to go for the out-and-out best batter in the County Championship then he's one of the best batters, but that is taking a backwards step in my view," Hoggard told Sky Sports on Monday.
"He'd be a one-Test wonder, he's not going to play in the future," Yorkshire swing bowler Hoggard, who took 248 Test wickets, added.