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England all-rounder Ravi Bopara believes that it is only a matter of time before captain Alastair Cook regains his form with the bat.
Bopara’s comments come after Cook has only scored 10 and 22 in the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka.
“He’s a determined guy. He always wants to do well,” Bopara said. “He’s trying his best to do the country proud, the fans proud, himself, his team-mates, his family. He’s a good enough player to turn it around. He’s a fighter.
“I’ve seen him do it before, and I’m pretty sure it’ll come round very, very, very soon.
“I’ve been dropped many times – and every time you do get dropped, you do get that little bit stronger; you have a little bit more hunger, and you’re more determined.
“I worked very hard in the month we had off. I knew I had to, because I’d just got back to be selected again – and I had to perform to keep myself in.”
Bopara added that England paid the price for failing to adjust to the weather and pitch conditions during the second ODI in Colombo.
“We were outplayed. I don’t think we adjusted to the conditions very well,” he said. “Although we played on the same pitch, it wasn’t (really) the ‘same’ pitch.
“We played on a very fresh, good pitch the first time round. Three days later, it was a bit drier, little bit more turn, a bit slower. We didn’t adjust very well, I don’t think, and that’s what ultimately cost us the game.”