Hoggy - Ramps not the man
Matthew Hoggard believes selecting Mark Ramprakash for the fifth Ashes Test would be a 'backwards step'.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 11/08/09 8:34pm
Former England pace bowler Matthew Hoggard believes selecting Mark Ramprakash for the fifth Ashes Test would be a 'backwards step'.
Calls for Surrey stalwart Ramprakash to be recalled to the Test arena have gathered pace after the recent middle-order failings of Ravi Bopara and Ian Bell.
But Hoggard, who took 248 Test wickets, believes it would be a mistake to pick the 39-year-old and thinks Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott should get the call.
He told Sky Sports News: "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.
"He'd be a one-Test wonder, he's not going to play in the future. I think he's a very good batter but what does he do when he steps up to the international scene? He's got a very bad track record mentally.
"I don't think he'll be getting selected. They're more likely to go in for Robert Key or Jonathan Trott."
Ramprakash last played a Test for England back in 2002 and averages a mere 27.32 from 52 matches.
With the Ashes series tantalisingly poised at 1-1, England need to win at The Oval to regain the urn but could not be in worse form after losing the fourth Test at Headingley in two-and-a-half days.
Under-fire number three batsman Bopara averages just 15 in the series so far, but Hoggard said: "I think they've got to be very careful of ringing too many changes.
"The 11 that were picked at Headingley were the best 11 in the country for that team and I don't think that's changed too much.
"Maybe there's a bit of pressure on the middle order to score more runs. Jonathan Trott's in a rich vein of form and it might be good to get somebody in-form coming in."