Bopara determined to win regular Eng spot

Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 15:54 [IST]
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Determined Bopara wants regular spot

England batsman Ravi Bopara is determined to make the most of his return to England ODI and Twenty20 side and is hoping to cement his place in the national team in all three formats of the game.

Bopara is well aware of the talent in the England middle order and is hoping to develop/establish himself as a lower-order batsman for now.

With the injury to Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen"s extended streak of poor run, Bopara knows, there are opportunities to fulfill his ambition, and he can grab them through sheer weight of runs and consistency.

"I want to get into all formats and be a long-term member of the team. But you just have to put the scores on the board, and help England win games."

Bopara, who has failed to prove his mettle before, is now back into the reckoning for the national team. He is very keen on making the most of this opportunity and is leaving no stone unturned to become a regular in the side.

"It is very frustrating not being in the team. But being on the fringes can be just as frustrating as being out of the squad completely.

"I am batting down the order at the moment, but fortunately I've always practised the skills you need to bat there – sometimes coming in during the last five overs – as well as batting at the top."

Though he is ready to adjust to any position in the batting line-up, Bopara expressed his preference of occupying the top order.

"I'd like to bat at the top of the order – that is where I have scored my runs for Essex. But right now, I don't think there is a spot there (for England). The guys at the top are doing well, and we are winning, so there is no reason to change."

Bopara also insisted that England, who lead the ongoing ODI series against Pakistan 2-0, have put behind the spot-fixing controversy behind them.

"We have not thought about that stuff. It just does not register. Our goal is just to go out and win and win and win. That is how we are thinking. So none of that stuff matters to us. We are ranked number two in the world, and our aim is to go top of the world," he said.


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