Flimsy headline of the week

From the BBC: “Ramprakash in England contention”.

How have they deduced that this is the case? Because when asked about the likelihood of Ramprakash’s selection, England national selector, Geoff Miller, said:

“I’m not ruling anybody out.”

We’d have gone with “Geoff Capes in England contention” on the grounds that he hasn’t been ruled out either.

Maybe Ramprakash will play, but a batsman whose sole yet hugely debilitating weakness is a susceptibility to the pressure associated with Test cricket might not be the best choice for a Test that will decide a home Ashes series.

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14 Appeals

  1. Ramprakash has the mental strength of a baby girl, same as Bell, Bopara, and Harmison. They have no place in an England shirt for the biggest game in recent memory.

  2. if they pick ramprakash i’ll eat my socks.

    not a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs’ chance.

  3. I read they’d “released” Cook and Bopara today, and for one fleeting moment I took that to mean “dropped”, and thought Rob was a shoo-in for a call-up. But no, they’re just being allowed to play for counties.

    Then I hear Ramps is “widely backed”, and I think who can have a wider back than Rob? It’s just silly. Who writes this crap?

    These are the times that try men’s souls, all right.

  4. See what I mean? That’s tiny. Narrowly backed at best, infinitesimally by any objective measure.

  5. I think he should play.

    Not because he’ll win us the Ashes, more because it’ll be like going to watch the mental hospital like they did in the Victorian days and i’m nostalgic for 1846.

    He’s mad, completely mad, and has an imaginary friend called Jerry.

    That isn’t a joke, he does have an imaginary friend called Jerry. Surrey are a bit scared of both Ramps and Jerry.

  6. Geoff Capes is clearly the man for the job. He could carry England’s batting line-up on his back.

    Literally.

  7. Will Bopara and Bell even be picked by their counties?

  8. Another Surrey player with an imaginary friend? Doesn’t Andre Nel have one? Do they all have one then? What’s happened to Mark Butcher’s imaginary friend now he’s retired then – does he get passed down to an Academy player?

  9. Geoff Capes will be fine but will he bowl or launch?
    Ramps has no place in team now.He should stick to strictly.It is not easy batting in sequins and lamme.

  10. Surely this Ramps talk is an attempt to lull the Aussies into a false sense of security.

    Andf the sources of this “it must be true” story; Chris Adams (Surrey) and Alex Stewart (Surrey).

  11. “Maybe Ramprakash will play, but a batsman whose sole yet hugely debilitating weakness is a susceptibility to the pressure associated with Test cricket might not be the best choice for a Test that will decide a home Ashes series.”

    Tell that to the selectors. The squad they have at the moment has, for the most part, the backbone of a trifle. And not a proper trifle either: I’m talking about one of those false ‘Tip-Top’ and mixed fruit combinations covered in e-number filled hundreds and thousands.

    Not saying Ramps would improve the situation. But he’d make a prettier duck than Bopara, Bell or Collingwood.

  12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/8195290.stm

    This, however, is not a flimsy headline.

    I wonder if his dreams also have Spiderman in them?

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