England’s all-rounder Ravi Bopara is back after a calf injury and is more determined than ever to make a mark and cement his place in the English eleven. Bopara, who suffered this injury on the eve of the squad announcement for the Investec Series, had been replaced by Jonny Bairstow. He is expected to be back at the number four spot for the first ODI of 3, against the West Indies, and is anxious to make up for lost time.
“I'm really looking forward to it. I haven't played a lot of cricket for England recently because of injuries. So it's exciting for me, and I'm in good form,” he was quoted saying.
After a string of injuries in the past 8 months forced him to drop quite a few big matches, he returned with a bang at the beginning of the month, scoring centuries in a 50-over match and a 4-day match, for Essex.
“It's very frustrating. It's only recently I've started to get a few injuries,” he said. “Before that, I very rarely missed games through injury ... it's probably a sign of me getting old.
“It is annoying. It is frustrating. But whatever's meant to be is meant to be.”
“I haven't played a lot of cricket for England recently because of injuries. So it's exciting for me, and I'm in good form,” he was quoted.
But at 27, age and time are not on his side and others have been profiting from this. He was quoted saying: “I guess what it does is it gives someone else an opportunity to cement their place, and that's not ideal. But it means when I get my opportunity, I've got to cement my place. Let's hope I get it soon.”
“I've said before that I'm not worried about the players coming through,” he said.
“I know what I'm capable of, and that is up to me. “My Test career is in my own hands, and not anyone who is coming through.” If the 3-ODI series against a pretty strong West Indies line-up is successful, there is no doubt that Bopara will get noticed and, if things works work out the way he’s planned and if he gets a chance to show what he’s all about, he will surely not disappoint.
England will play the first ODI against the Windies on Saturday, the 16th of June.