Ramprakash 'would be thrilled' to play deciding Oval Test

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London, Aug.13 (ANI): Surrey and former England Test player Mark Ramprakash, 39, has said that he would be thrilled to play in the Ashes decider on his home ground - The Oval next week, if called up.

According to The Guardian, while Marcus Trescothick has probably been ruled out of the reckoning and with four other prospective England batsmen flopping in the county championship, Ramprakash's chances of making the squad are very bright.

Jonathan Trott made 15, while Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook failed to reach double figures.

England's chairman of selectors, Geoff Miller, told Cricinfo: "It's not just my decision, it's a team decision, and we'll sit down as a unit."

Ramprakash was billed as the technically accomplished batsmen who tended to freeze into strokelessness at the highest level, playing 52 Tests in which he averaged 27.

His low point was a pair against the West Indies at Lord's in 1995, but he claims to be mentally tougher now, thanks in part to his victorious appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.

Ramprakash said: " I've been involved for 14 weeks in a reality tv show which was very high-profile. Things like that give you life experiences. If I'd known 10 years ago what I know now, there's no question I'd be in a better frame of mind to approach Test cricket."

"Quite simply people still seem to talk as if it's 1995. I think as a player and as a person you're constantly evolving, developing and improving. That's the way I've tried to go about my career," he added.

Ramprakash has averaged more than 90 for Surrey in the championship over the past four seasons and his volatility has lessened. But he is 39 and has not been picked by England for seven years and his comments were made in carefully planned interviews with two former Surrey colleagues - Alec Stewart on BBC radio and Ian Ward on Sky Sports.

"I'd be thrilled if asked," he said.

"As a player, it's the sort of occasion you'd cherish and remember for the rest of your career. England have a wonderful opportunity to come out and play aggressive cricket, and really go for it. The speculation has been whipped up into a storm really. But I'm no stranger to this," Ramprakash said. (ANI)

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