Bopara and Anderson back in ODI team

November 13, 2008 at 12:18 pm 1 comment






England have sprung a surprise in selection and have brought in Ravi Bopara
and have opted to play just the single spinner. Ravi Bopara replaces Luke Wright in the team and brings an end to Wright’s 14 consecutive ODI appearances. Stuart Broad is passed fit and is preffered to Graeme Swann, leaving just Patel as England’s main spin bowling option as James Anderson returns to the team.

The selection of Ravi Bopara was down to the performance of the wicket in
recent matches and the current conditions of the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket

“Ravi has earned his recall, he’s been on the sidelines for a lot of the cricket we’ve played for the last however long. I’m a big Ravi Bopara fan on these wickets and we wanted to give him a go – I think he’s so exciting. He’s a very quick learner, he wants to learn and he’s also willing to ask questions. He’s really impressed me in the short term I’ve been captain and also when I’ve played alongside him as a player.” – Kevin Pietersen

This is a reward for the young player of the year that caps a fantastic
domestic season in which he played a major part in Essex’s successes in
the limited overs game. He has not yet bowled on the tour but adds a useful
bowling option, which has been successful on the domestic arena. The stlye of batting of Ravi Bopara is suited to the conditions of the Indian pitches. His wristy style of batting and ability to find gaps compares to some of the more successful Indian batters and so his selection is the right decision. It will give him a chance to realise his full potential that he no doubt possesses, and improve his modest average of 27 and add to the two 50s he has so far recorded. Luke Wright will feel unlucky to miss out as he hasn’t had a chance to show how good he is for a while now but that added to the fact that he has never played in the sub continent have gone agianst him.

The decision to play just the single spinner can be disputed but it is likely
that this decision has been taken for just the first match, where spin isn’t
likley to be as effective as other pitches. This leaves Patel as the spinner
along with Pietersen. Patel is an excellent cricketer, his batting is likley
to be effective in India and his bowling can come in use. I don’t rate Patel’s
bowling and don’t think that it is capable or leading a spin attack but feel it can be effective at times. Patel doesn’t have the variation as Swann or the
experience and realistically with all the allrounders in the team it, the decision to play Patel as first choice spinner in India can be questionned. If one spinner is chosen in India it should be the best spinner in order to take advantage of the conditions, so if Patel continues to play as the single spinner in the next ODIs I would be very surprised.

For India they will be without Sachin Tendulkar who is rested, and Inshant
Sharma who is injured.

England team: Kevin Pietersen (capt), Ian Bell, Matt Prior, Ravi Bopara, Owais Shah, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Steve Harmison, James Anderson.

India squad (From): Mahendra Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, RP Singh, Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Dean  |  November 17, 2008 at 11:22 am

    dot mind the inclusions
    but as the 2 on-dayers have shown, seems a silly idea to have a batsman at 8. ( i no Ravi is an alrounder but he doesnt seem to be getting much of a bowl so he may as well be a batsman)


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