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Ramprakash: Ready to answer England's SOS call at The Oval?

National selector Geoff Miller refused to rule out a recall for Mark Ramprakash if England do decide to make changes for the fifth Ashes Test.

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"There was a reason why Mark was left out in the first place. We will have to look and see if that has now changed"

Geoff Miller

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Australia's crushing innings victory at Headingley has led to calls in the media for heads to roll, with batsmen Ravi Bopara and Ian Bell firmly in the firing line.

There have been plenty of suggestions over possible names to strengthen the middle-order including Ramprakash, who is still going strong for Surrey at 39.

While refusing to rule out the right-hander, Miller insisted the selectors would not rush into any decisions ahead of the must-win match at The Oval.

Alternatives

"We have to look at it because it's a below-par performance," he told Sky Sports News.

"Without stating any names, we shall sit down after the dust settles and try to work out how we can win the game at The Oval, because that's what we've got to do.

"If we need to go with an alternative, we will look at who our alternatives are."

When asked about Ramprakash, Miller replied: "We will have a look at it - he's an option. He hasn't retired from international cricket so we will have a look.

"But there are a lot of things to be taken into consideration. All of a sudden, players who are performing in domestic cricket become international players again.

"There was a reason why Mark was left out in the first place. We will have to look and see if that has now changed. Age comes into it.

"There will be a logical and strong discussion about which way we go forward from here. We have to win this Test to regain the Ashes. We will try and pick the best side, with the conditions we get and the surface we play on, to do that."

Another name in the frame will be Jonathan Trott. The Warwickshire batsman was called up to the squad for the fourth Test but was left out of the final XI.

Consistent policy

Trott averages over 80 in first-class cricket this summer and Miller confirmed that he would be the next cab off the rank, provided the selectors opt to swing the axe.

"We have a policy of consistency and continuity," he said.

"The shop window for all county players is the domestic game, and he (Trott) has been playing extremely well now for quite a while.

"He's in good form at the moment, so the reason why he was put in the squad was because he merited it.

"If you bring somebody else in, and it's not Jonathan, then why have you bought him in the first place? It's just logical thinking."