Bopara escapes unhurt after car accident

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:04 [IST]
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London: England all-rounder Ravi Bopara had a fortunate escape from potentially serious injury when he emerged unscathed after over-turning an off-road vehicle at a promotional event.

The accident alarmed watchers and resulted in an ambulance being called but Bopara revealed he had only suffered a slight cut to his right arm, ensuring his place in England's squad for the November Test series in Sri Lanka is not at risk.

"I usually get worse cuts and bruises diving around the outfield," laughed the 22-year-old.

Bopara had an instructor in the passenger seat and another passenger in the back when he lost control of the vehicle, which came to rest on its side with the window smashed.

He added: "I'm not sure how it happened. We were bombing it down a hill and hit a bump at the end. But they are such good cars we hardly felt a thing."

The vehicle, a Volkswagen Touareg, came to rest on its side with the window smashed but Bopara, his instructor George Lowsley-Williams and Professional Cricketers' Association representative Lucy Cooke were able to climb out.

Williams said: "Ravi was driving in a field and just caught an edge on a soft patch of ground which brought the car over on its side.

Bopara's Essex and England team-mate, Alistair Cook, was also taking part on the drive but he was in another car and was not involved.


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