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Bopara wants to secure England berth by thrashing India

Published: Thursday, September 8, 2011, 12:45 [IST]
 
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Bopara eager to seal England berth

London, Sep 8: Never a permanent fixture in England's one-day team due to his inconsistent form, batsman Ravi Bopara says he is aiming to cement his place by scoring big against the hapless Indian team in the ongoing five-match series.

Bopara has played 61 ODIs and averages 28. Injury to Eoin Morgan is the reason why he has been drafted into the side for the India series and the 26-year-old wants to use the opportunity to cement his place.

"I was a bit surprised Eoin was not fit, but nevertheless I was told early enough and was given time to prepare. I've not been told I will definitely play the rest of the series, but obviously I'd like to play and fight for that spot," Bopara said.

"It's a great chance to make it into the first XI and then perform and cement a place in the side. It's a great chance, with guys resting and a few injuries about. There is a great opportunity to cement my place," he added.

Bopara lauded England's batting display in the series so far.

"The way we went about our business was unbelievable, especially some of the batters. I thought the way our batters went about chasing it was spot on," he said.

PTI

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