‘I’d love another crack at Test cricket’, says Ravi Bopara

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“I’d love another chance, and I think I have learned”

England all-rounder Ravi Bopara has announced that he would “love another crack at Test cricket” after losing his place in the side to Jonathan Trott.

Bopara added that he still believes he can make a name for himself in the longer format since he is only 28 and has “another seven, eight years in the game”.

“I’d love another crack at Test cricket, I’ve got a lot to offer still,” Bopara told ESPNcricinfo. “I’d love another chance, and I think I have learned. I’ve become a stronger person, a better player, and I think my results of the recent past are showing that as well.

“I’m 28 years old, I think I’ve got another seven, eight years in the game, hopefully I can stay fit, maybe even more. I’m not an all-rounder where I need my bowling to get me into a team, I can do that with my batting alone, and you’ve seen batters go on to 39 or 40 these days, so there’s no reason I can’t do that.”

With Trott out of action indefinitely due to a stress-related illness, Bopara’s wish may be fulfilled as he is an excellent batsman and a useful medium pace bowler.

Bopara will also be looking to capture the attention of the England selectors with his performances in the Big Bash League (BBL), where he will be representing the Sydney Sixers.

“I’m not entirely using this as a way to get acclimatised, this is a very important competition, not only to the club but to myself as well,” Bopara said. “I’d love to come and do well, and hopefully have a future in the BBL as well, it’s not just about these four games…it would be a lovely place to keep coming back to play.”

Bopara also admitted that Australia will give England a real run for their money in the ODI series that follows the Ashes.

“I definitely see a bit of a difference in the Australian team…I can only judge them on the one-day format and they beat us in that after the series in England so they were playing well,” he said. “When I played against them I thought ‘This is tough, hard cricket’, and it was always going to be tough to beat Australia out here in their own conditions. I’m shocked by the scoreline, but I’m not shocked that it was going to be difficult.

“I know it’s 3-0 in the Test series but I wouldn’t be too doom and gloom about what’s happening on this tour, there’s a lot of cricket to be played over the next year or so, I’m pretty sure England will be back to winning ways soon – it won’t be too long.”

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