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Morgan out, Bopara in Eng WC squad

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Published: Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 10:02 [IST]
 
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Morgan out, Bopara in Eng WC squad

It's a lucky break for English batsman Ravi Bopara and an unlucky "break" for his counterpart Eoin Mrogan. The former has been brought into England's World Cup squad as the replacement for the latter who has fractured the middle finger on his left hand.

Morgan's unavailability for the mega-tournament beginning later this month, comes as a serious set-back to the English team as he had been one of its most valuable one-day players over the last couple of years.

"For the last 12 to 18 months, he's been the stand-out batsman for us in one-day cricket," captain Andrew Strauss told the press at Heathrow Airport, on arrival from the tour of Australia. "We all see the World Cup as a forum for showcasing your skills, so he's bitterly disappointed to be missing out. But that's the nature of the beast: you are going to get injuries."

However, coach Andy Flower said that the team had something positive to look forward to with the induction of Ravi Bopara. "Ravi is a very talented and exciting player, and brings a bit of medium-pace bowling to help the captain in those middle overs," Flower said. "We are confident that the 15 guys who we have will jell together and perform powerfully."

Bopara was not a part of the England ODI squad for the series in Australia, and played only four ODIs in 2010, with a best of 45 not out from 16 balls against Bangladesh at Edgbaston. However, he did score two half-centuries in India the last time England toured the country in 2008, and has played in subcontinent conditions during the IPL, representing Kings XI Punjab.

Bopara also figured in the last World Cup in the Caribbean, aggregating 165 runs for England from 8 matches at an average of 33.00 and a strike arte of 76.74.

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