Lamb calls for experience
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Allan Lamb wants Marcus Trescothick and Mark Ramprakash to replace Ravi Bopara and Ian Bell in England's squad for the 5th Ashes Test.
The former England batsman has given his views on the path the selectors must go down to ensure the side win the final and deciding Test against Australia at the Oval next week and clinch the series 2-1.
Lamb feels a complete overhaul of the side, which was defeated by an innings and 80 runs at Headingley at the weekend, is required with Bopara and Bell the men he would like to see make way. Somerset's Trescothick, Surrey veteran Ramprakash and Kent captain Robert Key have all been mentioned as capable replacements and Lamb feels all three should be drafted in.
"If it was against any other country, or not the Ashes, I wouldn't think about too many changes," Lamb said.
"But unfortunately Bopara's totally out of nick at three and Bell has got a real problem against Mitchell Johnson, so I don't think you can play either of those players - both of them have to go.
"They both have technical flaws. Johnson has got Bell tidied up and I think Bell's not playing the short ball at all well.
"I would say, 'guys, it's a one-off thing - nothing against you'. And they'd probably be happy because it takes the pressure off them."
He added: "If you are going for the guy who has scored the most runs in county cricket, then you have to go for Ramprakash.
"He's aged 39, but Graham Gooch was still scoring hundreds at the age of 39.
"Robert Key is in good nick and got runs this week against Northampton. I know it's different at Test level but this guy has played Test cricket, so his name's got to be thrown into the hat too.
"Trescothick is saying that he hasn't been contacted, but that if he was, he'd give it some thought - well, lets have a chat with the guy, see what he's feeling.
"All of a sudden you stick in Trescothick and Ramprakash and then you have two very experienced players.
"I'd bring Trescothick in to open, drop Alastair Cook down to three, play Ramprakash at four and have Paul Collingwood at five.
"If they don't go for Ramprakash, they have to play Key at four.
"If they pick the right side we've got a chance of beating Australia. I've always said that with the talent we have and the players we have, it's been poor selection."