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Ramprakash dropped by Surrey

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May 15, 2012

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Richard Jones celebrates after dismissing Mark Ramprakash for a pair, Worcestershire v Surrey, County Championship, Division One, 3rd day, New Road, May 11, 2012
Mark Ramprakash fell to Richard Jones to complete a pair against Worcestershire © Getty Images
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Mark Ramprakash has been dropped by Surrey for their next County Championship match against Somerset following a poor start to the season which cumulated in a pair against Worcestershire last week.

Ramprakash, 42, has scored 62 runs in eight Championship innings and his pair at New Road, completed when he was caught down the leg side off Richard Jones as he was out twice in a day, was just the third of his first-class career.

Chris Adams, the Surrey cricket manager, said it was not a decision he took lightly. "We have not selected Mark Ramprakash for the game against Somerset which was a very difficult decision to make," he said. "Mark has had a tough start to the season and has not made the impact with the bat that he would have wanted to.

"But you do not score the amount of runs that Mark has without knowing your own game and I know he will work hard to find his form again. The challenge now for Mark is to push hard to regain his place for the remainder of the season."

The difficult start to this season followed a 2011 campaign that was also below Ramprakash's usual high standards. He was hindered by injury during the year and made 700 runs at 33.33 in 13 Championship matches with one hundred.

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Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

remember another Oval resident going on into his 50s still scoreing tons , Ramps 'll be back love to see him still there pushing runs through the covers for a few more years to come

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (May 16, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

He finished last season with 30, 38 (v Northants... his last score over 25), 1, 11, 0. And this season has 4, 7, 6 (both on the flat pitches of the UAE), 24. 9, 17, 1, 1, 10, 13, 24* (these last two when playing for the 2nd XI to find some form), 0 & 0. It's a desperate sequence and not just down to early-season pitches.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

Ramp's hasn't been the same since the knee injury, but I still back him to have one final flourish before the season is out. Retirement at the end of the season.

Posted by Wisy on (May 16, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

Ramprakash should got retired now........

Posted by Ed_Lamb on (May 15, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

Lots of respect for Adams but he's made a big mistake here. Either Ramprakash wasn't good enough at the start of the season or he should have had longer to find form. Poor selection and poor management. Now any batsman at Surrey is going to worry that a few low scores means being dropped...

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (May 15, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

I wondered if he would get it back after that horrendous footballing injury.Stiil it took KP ages to come back from his Achilles tendon operation and he's okay now,so maybe there is hope. I guess he probably thinks one is a long time retired so why do it yet.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Ramps with both Chris Gayle and Du Plessi renaging on Somerset deals, perhaps you could request a transfer to Somerset for the rest of the season. With their injury problems they could use you. Chances are you could find form in the shorter format (Yes you are good enough to do as Ganguly does) you could really set yourself up for a $2.5M over the next two seasons in the IPL.

Posted by Big_Chikka on (May 15, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

He's got a huge hundred stacked away somewhere. Don't write him off just yet. His dignity isn't diminished in the slightest by playing as long as he can. This is his life! Passion! and Job. If there's a young pretender there wanting a shot, as they say in boxing let him take the belt.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (May 15, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

In his heart of hearts he knows that he should have gone out at the top at the end of 2010 rather than accept yet another contract extension. Too many players have learnt the hard way that there comes a point where it suddenly just goes and you can't cope any longer at the top level. This isn't just a patch of dodgy form: he has barely scored a run since the end of July last season and that is a fair number of games, many of them on benign pitches in a team that was sweeping all before it. The trick is to retire with dignity when people wonder why you have gone and before people start asking why you did not retire earlier.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Might be time to call it a day Ramps, the body catches up with you in the end - I should know, I'm 5 years older, still playing cricket, but it HURTS!

Posted by serious-am-i on (May 15, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

he is too old now, I think its high time he hang up his boots with a final match - he would leave dignified rather than being omitted from the remainder of the season.

Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (May 15, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Firstly, I think Surrey's decision to drop Ramps is justifiable. No-one can go on getting picked for ever on the basis of a distant track-record, not even top-to-middle order England international batsmen. Secondly, after he got his pair against Worcestershire, Stephen Rhodes of Worcester said that it was too soon to write Ramps off, and I think he's right. Thirdly, however, I would say that if I were in Ramps' shoes, I would probably be asking myself why I bother any more. What has Ramps got left to prove? OK, his international record is disappointing, but in other contexts he has proved his class. He has joined and ascended well within an elite all-time group of batsmen; the last time I checked he was sandwiched on the first-class centuries chart between Viv Richards and Don Bradman (two of the five Wisden cricketers of the twentieth century). He has also uniquely averaged over 100 in two successive full English seasons. Does he really need the treadmill of county cricket?

Posted by lebigfella on (May 15, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

I've been watching Mark Ramprakash for years... same age see... and remember him in a Lords final as a teenager (v. Worcs I think)... sadly I couldn't help thinking that last year was the beginning of the end... he has been awesome, truly awesome, the last of the great first class run makers and the final (ever) member of the 100 100s Club... I sincerely wish he does come back and score some big runs before the end of the campaign. Class is permanent... praying you retire on a high MRR!

Posted by crindex on (May 15, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

It shows Surrey is really very nervous about Somerset...Ramprakash is a good cricketer. Will miss him for sure.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Always followed Ramps progress ever since i used to watch him bat with Gatts at Lords. Crossing everything he can come back from this.I hope its not too bigger ask.

Posted by zahidtaniv on (May 15, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

His stats in last 7 first class matches are really amazing, 13 innings, 87 runs at 6.69 !

Posted by delboy on (May 15, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

OK, Ramps it decision time now son dancing with Sir Bruce or two seasons of IPL?

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

i think he he a very good batsman he will find his form very soon

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