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Surrey want swift Ramprakash call

By Oliver Brett

Mark Ramprakash
Ramprakash is enjoying a golden autumn to his career

England's selectors should let Mark Ramprakash know whether they intend to pick him for the Ashes decider on 20 August, says Surrey's chief executive.

Paul Sheldon told BBC Sport the veteran right-hander, who has hit 1,209 runs at an average of 100.75 this season, would "not want the speculation."

Sheldon added: "If they are going to pick him just ring him up and ask him and you would assume he would say yes.

"Speculation is not very healthy, but he is being talked about."

Ramprakash turns 40 in September but has an awesome record for Surrey, who play their home cricket at The Oval, venue for the big showdown against Australia.

He has scored 108 first-class centuries, with an average of 54.35, and has improved with age. Ramprakash played the last of his 52 Tests in 2002, and generally disappointed at that level, with an average of 27.32.

But he did average 42.40 in Ashes encounters, and hit a century against Steve Waugh's Australians at The Oval in 2001.

England's selectors have hinted they might shake up their batting order, with Ravi Bopara having failed at the critical number three position and Ian Bell struggling to convince at four, but are giving away few clues.

They are expected to name their squad on Sunday and Sheldon said that if they were going to make a romantic selection by picking Ramprakash, then the player would not disappoint them.


And he added that the former Middlesex man would not be overcome by the occasion, a trait that often affected him in his past Test appearances.

"I think he would be absolutely brilliant. He's in such a rich vein of form. It's very much to be treated as a one-off Test. They're not picking a team for a series or building youth, it's just about winning one Test match," Sheldon said.

"He's still a very fit man. He scored 270 the other day and afterwards he hardly looked as though he been batting at all.

Gooch warns against wholesale changes

Meanwhile, Marcus Trescothick - another man touted for a shock recall - did not completely rule out a surprise comeback.

The 33-year-old has been in fine form for Somerset this season but retired from international cricket in March 2008 with a depressive illness.

"If I was asked, I don't know," said Trescothick. "If they threw questions at me, I would listen. But until they do I can't answer. I am just carrying on what I am doing at Somerset, carrying on playing. Anything else is so hypothetical at the moment.

"It's always nice to be thought of - of course it is. But people are talking about it more than I am thinking about it."

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