Is 39 too old for English Test cricket?

After being flogged by the 'Aura-less' Australians at Headingley (Leeds), English skipper Strauss said, "It's pretty hard to take. We didn't really turn up at this game and we've got to take it on the chin."

Bumble has tweeted, "a lot of talk about rob key at 3".

But why not Mark Ramprakash? In 9 county games this season, Ramps has scored 1209 runs at 100.75 per innings. In fact, in 14 innings, he has scored 5 hundreds - with 274 a few days back at The Oval being the top score.

Rob Key, this season, has scored 635 runs at 52.91.

Ramps this season has been phenomenal: In 14 innings he has gone past 50 - right times!

What I like about Ramprakash's efforts this season (as it has been in the last three or four seasons), is the amount of time he occupies the crease. This season he averages about 157 balls per innings. He should be an automatic choice to bat at #3.

Ramps is 39 years old. Is it too old for English cricket?

In 1981, Mike Brearley was called back into the England team (as a captain!) in the middle of an Ashes series - and his Test batting average was about 22 something. We all know about that series. Important point is, Brearley was 39 in 1981.

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