While Ravi Bopara would have hoped he was included in England’s most recent Ashes touring party, he at least was able to avoid enduring a morale-sapping series whitewash at the hands of the Australians.
It was the second time in three trips down under that England have been drubbed by a 5-0 scoreline but, as Bopara well knows, it is not always Australia who are able to hand out the humbling whitewashes.
Speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport in response to a question from England colleague Stuart Broad, Bopara identified a humiliating 4-0 ODI defeat for the Aussies in 2012 as a highlight of his international career.
“There was a series we played against Australia, sort of a rogue one-day series in the middle of a non-Ashes summer,” Bopara said.
“Australia came over and we played five ODIs against them. One of the games was rained out so we played four and won all four of them.
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“That series for me was my favourite series to be involved in an England shirt because we played such good cricket, won convincingly and everyone had a part to play.”
Bopara played a prominent role for England in that series, scoring 182 runs - including two half-centuries - and only being dismissed twice, resulting in a very impressive average of 91.
His most important knock ensured England could not lose the series, as he combined in unison with Eoin Morgan to inspire his country to glory and a lead of 2-0 with two games left to play.
Bopara and Morgan shared a partnership of 79 in the England chase, the former compiling a total of 82 and the latter 43, as they reached Australia’s total with relative ease having been somewhat up against it when they came together.
There was another half-century to come for Bopara in the final game of the four as he rattled 52 from 56 deliveries to provide England with a seven wicket victory. It’s little wonder he remembers this series so fondly.