LITESPORT SNARLING Aussie paceman Peter Siddle has been reduced to fits of gig- gles by Englands touted plan to bring back the old guard in order to revive their Ashes dream. Englands selectors are mulling over recalling 39-year-old Mark Rampra- kash, who last played for his country seven years ago, and the recently retired Marcus Trescothic in a bid to bolster a batting line-up w h i c h f a i l e d t w i c e a t Headingley. Australian skipper Ricky Ponting was quick to scoff at the notion of a recall for Dads Army. And Siddle admits he too would be amused should chairman of selectors, Geoff Miller, elect to push the panic button ahead of next weeks series decider. He said: Weve heard the rumours and seen the footage on the TV that Mark Ramprakash might be recalled for The Oval, and Marcus Trescothicks name has been men- tioned as well. Itsfunnytolookatinaway,butwell just prepare how we normally do. The Victorian, 24, who recorded career-best figures of 5-21 in the firstinningsmassacreatLeeds,did concede there could be a method to Englands apparent madness. Siddle feels an older bloke might be able to deal with the high-stakes situation better than Ravi Bopara, Englands struggling No3, who hit rock bottom yesterday when he was dismissed for one in Essexs County Champion- ship game against Middlesex at Lords Hes an attacking player and likes to play his shots, but the pressure of coming in so early on a wicket that you needed to dig in a little bit on looked to be on his mind, hesaid.ItllbeuptotheEnglandselec- tors to decide whether they want to stick with him. Its harder on them too when its a young bloke thats strug- gling, an older bloke will know his game a little better and be able to deal with the situation. Ramprakash (left) made 24 runs in a rare NatWest Pro40 appearance for Surrey last night as he made a final push for inclusion, and believes hes ready to answer Englands prayers. He said: It is the selectors job, and they must get on with that. I believe that Ive presented a very strong case again this year. Im happy within myself, Im batting well and playing good cricket. 32 Thursday, 13 August 2009 London Lite Inbrief Knee injury on Nadals return RAFAEL NADALS comeback from a knee injury lasted just seven games at the Montreal Masters last night -- after opponent David Ferrer was forced to retire with the same problem. Nadal, who has been out for more than two months, will now play Philipp Petzschner in the third round in Canada. Half-marathon on Rads radar PAULA RADCLIFFE will run in the New York Half-Marathon on Sunday to test her fitness for the World Championships in Berlin. The marathon world record-holder has not raced since November and had surgery on her foot in March. Radcliffe said: The NYC Half- Marathon will give me important feedback about where I am. Ferrari still real keen on Schumi FERRARI president Luca Di Montezemolo wants Michael Schumacher back in F1 soon. The German was forced to call off a planned return this week due to a recurrent neck injury. But Di Montezemolo said: I prefer the champion, even if he is matured, to the mediocre driver, even if hes young. Wilko aims for the perfect ten JONNY WILKINSON believes the best is yet to come after his move across the Channel to Toulon. The England kicking star, 30, has recovered from a knee injury and is keen to give everything. I feel I have spent my life playing it safe, operating between six and eight or nine out of 10, he said. Now I want to push for 10. HARLEQUINS winger Ugo Monye (right) has urged the International Olympic Committee to bring rugby sevens into the 2016 Games. The IOCs 15-man executive board will vote today on which two sports from a list of seven to recommend for inclusion in an expanded programme. Rugby is competing for a berth in the abbreviated sevens format alongside golf, baseball, softball, squash, karate and roller sports. And Monye said: I am totally behind this bid. I certainly think sevens belongs in the Olympic Games. I am a huge fan of the Olympics and everything it brings -- the drama and the excitement and that is what sevens is about. It is always a great spectacle. It is fast-moving, it is physical, it has every kind of emotion possible. You get 80 minutes condensed into 14 -- that is probably the best way to sum up sevens. And countries like Samoa and Fiji dont get to compete for a lot of medals so to share in their spirit at the Olympics would be amazing. 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