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Ramprakash set to announce retirement

Andrew McGlashan

July 4, 2012

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Mark Ramprakash returned to the Surrey line up but only made 8 opening the batting, Sussex v Surrey, County Championship Division One, Horsham, June, 6, 2012
The runs have dried up for Mark Ramprakash in 2012 but he has enjoyed a prolific career © Getty Images
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Mark Ramprakash, the Surrey batsman, is expected to announce his retirement from professional cricket on Thursday at the age of 42. It will bring the curtain down on a 25-year career during which he scaled domestic run-scoring heights that are unlikely to be matched.

However, in 2011 he averaged 33.33 from 13 County Championship matches and this season the signs had been that time was finally catching up with Ramprakash. He was dropped from Championship cricket by Surrey for the first time after a lean start to the summer where he made 62 runs in eight innings - including just the third pair of his career against Worcestershire - and was left to play second XI and club cricket to try and regain form. He was recalled for the match against Sussex, at Horsham, but made just 8 and 37.

Ramprakash will end his career with 114 first-class hundreds and 35,659 runs at 53.14, along with 13,273 runs in one-day cricket. He made his debut for Middlesex in 1987 before moving south of the river in 2001 where he continued to be prolific for Surrey. In two seasons, 2006 and 2007, he passed 2000 runs having also achieved it in 1995 for Middlesex.

Ramprakash's international career ended in 2002 following the tour of New Zealand although his name occasionally cropped up when England's batting had problems, such as the end of the 2009 Ashes. In 52 Tests he averaged an underwhelming 27.32 with just two hundreds - against West Indies in Barbados in 1998 and against Australia at The Oval in 2001 - having made his debut against a strong West Indies attack in 1991.

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Posted by CricketingStargazer on (July 5, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

To put it anotherway, he was rapidly pidgeonholed. In his first nine Test innings he never made fewer than 13, nor more than 29. I can recall at the time the commentators talking about his habit of making beautiful 20s and getting out. He never lost the reputation and 23 scores in the 20s and 30s over his Test career tend to bear it out.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (July 5, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

@AdrianVanDenStael, part of it may be in his record. He got into double figures 65 times in his 52 Tests, but passed 50 only 14 times. And, of course, only 2 of his 14 fifties became tons. Those are dreadful conversion rates. He didn't even make big fifties: the only times that he passed 72 were when he made the two centuries. You would argue that the selectors were simply going with players who had shown over the years that they could convert a start into a big score.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (July 5, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Well played ,Ramps!! you have been a total legend, a true Surrey great to rank with the best of them!! I am sad to see you leave but that is time for you. Thanks for all the runs!

Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (July 5, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer: No-one could argue that a specialist batsman who played 50 tests and yet averaged 27 and only made two centuries had plenty of chances and a fair share of failures (a point Ramps concedes in his autobiography, especially reflecting on his curiously poor record in tests at Lords). However. Ramps was also made a scapegoat for collective failures of England batting. In the 1991 series against WI you mentioned Ramps never made 30, but he did average more than Hick, Lamb and Atherton; yet it was the latter who were welcomed back into the England side over the next 12 months where Ramps only got the odd test. Similarly Ramps was discarded for the tour of South Africa in 1999 when in fact every England batsman had failed to make a ton in every form of game for England for almost the whole of that calendar year. It's not an issue of Ramps failing to be given chances, but that like a number of England players of this era (Caddick, Hick, Robin Smith) he was badly handled.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (July 5, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

@JG2704, nobody was injured, Bopara got dropped to make way for Trott. In the end Ramps would still have only played 1 game, where as Trott has played for almost 3 years. if Sentiment was a part of selecting a player than Ramps may have got the call, but thankfully it isnt and calmer heads prevailed with Trott comming in.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (July 5, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

@JG, I was just wondering what people on here would have said if Jonny Bairstow had got all 6 Tests this summer and not made a single score over 29 (might still happen). Methinks that they would be asking what he had to do to get dropped from the side! :-)

Posted by   on (July 5, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

@Nutcutlet: can't disagree with anything you've said re Surrey. Shorn of our best players due to the fallout over Maynard's bizarre & tragic death, & further weakened by international calls, the best we can realistically hope for now is to avoid relegation from Division One. Having spent the last three or four years successfully moulding a brilliant young side to the point at which they became genuine trophy contenders across all three formats, Chris Adams & the Surrey management & coaching staff now have to focus first on holding the squad together, then on rebuilding it once more, & finally - 18 months to two years down the line - on seeking to challenge for major honours again. That fabulous day at Lord's last September when Rory Hamilton-Brown lifted the CB40 Trophy seemed to us who were there to be the harbinger of glorious times ahead for this side. Little did we know that it was not a harbinger but an epitaph.

Posted by JG2704 on (July 5, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer on (July 05 2012, 09:37 AM GMT) Agreed. Thought he was unlucky not to get a start in the final Ashes game of 2009. I think he was averaging around the 100 mark at the time (can't remember who was injured) and they were talking about MR or Key (who had a vastly inferior recent CC record at the time). In the end they went for Trott who made a century and has been as consistent as anyone in that Eng batting line up

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (July 5, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

A very good talented cricketer who never really cracked the International scene, either through a stop start international career, or other reasons, we'll never know how he would have done under this england management who seem to want to invest time and effort in players rather than using the revolving door, who's scored a ton this week, policy that we had in the 90's.

Posted by StevieS on (July 5, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

What is it with players like him? Mathew Sinclair from New Zealand is the same, leads the runs at domestic level but it all turns to custard when playing international cricket! Is it psychological? Perhaps its just bad luck? For example what if say Tendulkar played all his lowest 20 tests score all at the start of his career?

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