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    Would be great if he came in and did well.

    Doubt they'll call him up though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Ed_ View Post
    Would be great if he came in and did well.

    Doubt they'll call him up though.
    Why would it be great?

    The selection of a 39 year old proven failure at test level would simply be a massive slap in the face to every aspiring young batsman in the UK and a sure sign of panic from the Eng selectors

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    Why would it be great?
    If he was picked and did well, it would be a great story - an unlikely comeback, and old stager triumphing, a glorious redemption, and at his home ground, etc etc etc. I don't see why anyone wouldn't see that.

    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    The selection of a 39 year old proven failure at test level would simply be a massive slap in the face to every aspiring young batsman in the UK and a sure sign of panic from the Eng selectors
    I don't think his age, or the reaction of others who aren't picked, should be relevant considerations. It's a one-off, must-win Test and you should pick the best players for it regardless of age and regardless of whether others might be disappointed not to be picked.

    Which is not to say that Ramps is necessarily the best bet. Your point about him being a proven failure at Test level is a valid one. Although to be fair, as has been pointed out repeatedly, his record against Australia is OK.
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    Picking Ramps to play, would be like the selection of Bicknell vs SA 03. He could do a job for this ONE test (wont take him to SA) - but he could fail as well given the quality of AUS pace attack right now. Interesting catch-22, but i wont be againts picking him.


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    Assuming he's fit enough to play a test (which apparently he isn't) I would be more for picking him if he'd scored his runs in Division 1. This whole two divisions thing does complicate matters a little for selection... Key and Shah are also scoring their runs in Div 2, whereas Trott is scoring them in Div 1. The other likely-looking players scoring in Div 1 are Carberry, Read and Hildreth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Cool story bro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Desperate times call for imaginative decisions
    Wait, wait, wait. After the Lord's Test English fans were acting as it the Ashes were already won.

    Now its panic stations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nnanden View Post
    Haha, would absolutely love it. England have no obviously better candidates anyway. Do ittttttttttt
    Me too...unless he actually scored runs of course.
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    Lol. You'd hope for England's sake they have better options than a 39 year old test failure.

    And Pigeon, your comparison with the selection of Watson is about as sensible as most of your comments on issues Australian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    Lol. You'd hope for England's sake they have better options than a 39 year old test failure.

    And Pigeon, your comparison with the selection of Watson is about as sensible as most of your comments on issues Australian.
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    Reckon he would score a century if he was picked. Aus have no more Warne and McGrath to torment, and this new lot will mostly fade when attacked. Times have changed and most likely through his experiences his mentality to batting has changed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    Assuming he's fit enough to play a test (which apparently he isn't) I would be more for picking him if he'd scored his runs in Division 1. This whole two divisions thing does complicate matters a little for selection... Key and Shah are also scoring their runs in Div 2, whereas Trott is scoring them in Div 1. The other likely-looking players scoring in Div 1 are Carberry, Read and Hildreth.
    Yea, Div 2 runs scores i would usually never consider for test TBH. But looking at the options. Key would be an ok option for tests, Shah aint test class - ODI player all day, Hildreth seems like a tauton Flat bully, dont think Carberry is test class either. Its stress..

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    Quote Originally Posted by inbox24 View Post
    Reckon he would score a century if he was picked. Aus have no more Warne and McGrath to torment, and this new lot will mostly fade when attacked. Times have changed and most likely through his experiences his mentality to batting has changed.
    Except last time he was faced with a pressure situation (trying to get his 100th 100) he went to pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    Except last time he was faced with a pressure situation (trying to get his 100th 100) he went to pieces.
    Exactly. And I'm not sure what would be more stressful for a cricketer than coming in for an absolute must-win game.
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    Well, according to the BBC he's "in contention" inasmuch as Dusty refused to rule him out.

    It's obviously a left-field selection and tacitly acknowledges the shelves are bare, but these are exceptional circumstances. The incumbents have failed to repay the selectors (borderline foolhardy) faith, so why not go for the bloke with 108 centuries who's (again) averaging over 100?
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