Ravi Bopara has vowed to become one of the best players of spin in the country. England have traditionally struggled on the sub-continent against spin, and the all-rounder, who was recalled to the squad for this month’s tour of Sri Lanka, has spoken exclusively to GiveMeSport about the specific work he has been putting in during the off-season to prove he should be in the team.
“I want to be one of the better players of spin in England," Bopara said.
"I want to be one of the better players of spin in England"
“I have done a lot of work on spin because I know how important spin is going to be in Sri Lanka.
“I think working on spin is big anyway for England, we’ve struggled in the past against spin if I am being brutally honest.”
Bopara was dropped for the ODI series against India at the end of the summer and admits he has learnt a lot whilst being away from the international side.
“Now I’ve got to prove myself again. I thought I had done that by getting player of the year in one-day cricket, I thought I had just stepped up and established myself as a one-day player for England and now I feel like I have got to start again.”
With preparation for next year’s World Cup in full swing, Bopara hopes to become a permanent fixture in England’s one-day team, not just for the tournament but also for the next few years.
“I’m 29, I have got so many years of cricket left in me. I don’t plan on retiring anytime soon, I’m not unfit so it’s a new challenge, it’s exciting and I’m looking forward to it.”
England’s first ODI against Sri Lanka is next Wednesday and Bopara will be hoping his hard work during the autumn has paid off.