Ravi Bopara has signed a new one-year deal with Essex, which will take the all-rounder into his 14th season with the county.
The 29-year-old put pen to paper just days after being recalled to the England set-up for their limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in November and December.
Bopara has had an outstanding summer of first-class cricket where he has averaged over 40 with the bat in all three formats of the game.
The right-hand batsman has an abundance of experience across all aspects of the sport – including formats and roles in the side – and he has been an integral part of the Essex charge that carried them to third in Division Two of the County Championship.
Five wins on the bounce at the business end of the season included a thrashing of Worcestershire on the final day of the season. An innings and 92-run win over the already-promoted side wasn’t enough to send them up though as Hampshire defeated Glamorgan.
Since making his debut for the Eagles in 2002, Bopara has gone on to score more than 20,000 runs for the side in all forms of cricket. He has played 151 County Championships fixtures, 269 List A games and 179 first-class T20 matches.
Essex head coach Paul Grayson has revealed his joy at the fact that Bopara will remain with the club.
Grayson is quoted by the BBC as saying: “I am absolutely delighted that Ravi has signed his new contract.
“He has become one of the senior figures in our dressing room, and is a key component of our side in each format of the game.
“He has been with Essex for a long time, and it is great news for all our members and fans that he has signed his new deal.”
Bopara’s excellent county form has also earned him a recall for England’s trip to Sri Lanka in November.
When the Sri Lankans toured England earlier this year, Bopara scored 51 in a 133-run partnership with Jos Buttler as the home side fell just eight runs shy of victory at Lord’s.
He has played 108 One Day Internationals, but wasn’t selected as Alastair Cook’s side lost 3-1 to India in 50-over action earlier this summer.
In addition to that, the Essex man has won 13 Test caps, and 38 T20 Internationals.
Earlier this month, the medium pace bowler was awarded an incremental contract by the ECB. Ravi Bopara, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, James Tredwell and Liam Plunkett were all given limited-overs deals.
His return to the England fold could see him make an appearance at next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Experience with both bat and ball in ODI cricket – 2453 runs and 37 wickets – could be vital to England’s aspirations of winning the prestigious competition for the very first time.
England begin their World Cup campaign against hosts Australia on February 14th.
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