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England all-rounder Ravi Bopara believes that the upcoming seven-match ODI series against Sri Lanka will be ideal preparation for the national team ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
Bopara also noted that England should be very grateful for the fact that they are only playing limited overs matches from now until the World Cup starts.
“It’s the ideal run-up to the World Cup,” he told Sky Sports. “The last thing you need is Test matches in between, the team being jigged around, having to change your tempos, it’s perfect.
“There’s no T20s either and what’s even better is we go to Australia to play a triangular series to get used to the conditions against two of the best teams in the world.”
While England’s form in ODIs over the past year is nothing to be proud of, Bopara still feels that the national team have a good chance of winning their first World Cup.
“We have a chance,” he said. “The conditions are good for us. In the past we’ve struggled on the subcontinent, but our bowlers come more into it in Australia where they’ve got a bit of bounce and pace and our batters like bounce and pace on the ball as well, so it suits our style of play. We’ve got a chance out there.”
Bopara also admitted that he was gutted to be dropped for the entire summer, but added that he is looking to make amends for that during the ODI series against Sri Lanka.
“I was disappointed to miss out in the summer, but that’s life,” he said. “I’m not putting pressure on myself. It’s a great opportunity, time to have fun. You realise when you get dropped what it really means to you and you should play every game like it’s your last and really enjoy it.”