Ramps dropped from Surrey XI

May 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment


Veteran batsman Mark Ramprakash has been dropped for Surrey’s County Championship match against Somerset after a difficult start to the season.

The 42-year-old has hit just 62 runs in eight Championship innings in 2012, including only the third pair of his illustrious career in Surrey’s last fixture against Worcestershire last week.

Ramprakash was fined three points under the England and Wales Cricket Board’s disciplinary system for using abusive language to the umpires during the reverse fixture against Worcestershire at the Oval in April.

He claimed the early-season batting conditions in England, set on a backdrop of cool and wet weather, were the worst he has experienced in 25 years of county cricket.

Surrey director of cricket Chris Adams admitted it was a “difficult” decision leaving out the most experienced player in the country but backed Ramprakash to bounce back.

“We have not selected Mark Ramprakash for the game against Somerset which was a very difficult decision to make. Mark has had a tough start to the season and has not made the impact with the bat that he would have wanted to,” Adams said.

“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.”

Surrey will have to reshuffle their pack for Wednesday’s four-day clash at the Oval, which they start as outsiders according to Betfair Cricket tipsters.

Kevin Pietersen is back on England duty after a rare county appearance at Worcester, with Jason Roy and Chris Jordan likely to come into the side.

Seamers Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker are available again after featuring for England Lions against West Indies last week.

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