>So Mark is going to captain one of the teams in the A-team vs The Rest.
>Why the automatic suggestion that England are only interested in bowlers
>so the batsmen don't matter.
>I'm still not happy that he had a fair deal from the selectors before-was
>he a natural no. 3? Did he get a chance somewhere else? he scored a pair
>in a test match, didn't somebody called Gooch?? - was that the same Gooch
>who captained England and is now a selector?
>There are far worse things than this choice - making Nasser hussain
>vice-captain last winter was one of them!
I'm sorry, this is nonesense. Whilst I would agree that he did not
get the best batting positions, he certainly had plenty of chances.
How many tests can you give a non-performer before they have had their
chips? He has played over *twenty* test matches. You should be able
to be into test match cricket in half that time.
For my part I cannot believe they stuck with him like they did.
Nobody but nobody, in any team, deserves to get that many cracks at
top level cricket without doing anything to justify selection. Sure
Graham Gooch made a pair, so have lots of test batsmen - John Crawley
for example. But John Crawley averages 35 with the bat, Ramps
averaged 17 in a similar number of tests. Some of the tail end even
average more than Ramps. He clearly will not make it at test match
level and, whilst I feel sorry for a guy who *should* have made it
because he is very talented, I hope he will never get another chance
again. There are too many far more deserving people than him. The
knives are out for Knight at the moment, but Knight, averaged mid
thirties until a poor tour in Kiwiland. He has a century (and a very
near thing), as well as several fifties to his credit. He almost
single handedly won (I say almost) the first test against Zimbabwe.
The best Ramps can claim is to have propped up poor batting in the
final test on our last Ashes tour. But we still lost by a huge
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