13 Aug 2009

English batsmen still short of runs ahead of Ashes decider

6:26 am on 13 August 2009

The struggling England batsmen released to play for their counties in the search for form before next week's Ashes decider have failed to inspire.

Ravi Bopara, Ian Bell and Alastair Cook totalled just six runs between them for their respective counties managed just six runs between them, but Robert Key who's potentially in line for a recall to the England test side scored 90 yesterday.

Meanwhile, the former England captain Alec Stewart said his good mate Mark Ramprakash, who retired seven years ago but remains in top form, deserves a shot on his home county ground next week.

England batsmen have scored just one century in the Ashes series compared with seven by Australians and in the fourth test defeat at Headingley Bopara, Bell and Paul Collingwood contributed just 16 runs between them.