Bopara and Bresnan to replace England’s injured

August 12, 2011 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan will play Test cricket today, in England’s match against India. The duo were called up to replace Jonathan Trott, who has succumbed to a shoulder injury, and Chris Tremlett. Tremlett is struggling with a “bulging disc” in his back, a complaint that saw him miss the previous Test match at Trent Bridge.

Ian Bell will take Trott’s position in the batting order, at number three, while Bopara bats at six. Those following the Betfair cricket odds will be wondering how they will get on.

Bopara has not played a Test match for England since August 2009, when the side faced Australia in the Ashes. However, team captain, Andrew Strauss, is confident that the Londoner will “come in, and perform straightaway”.

“We are all delighted that Ravi has got a chance”, Strauss said. “He has been knocking on the door for quite a long time.”

Ravi has scored three centuries in his Test career, but he was ousted after a disappointing performance at Headingley in 2009. Fittingly, he was replaced by Trott, who went on to score 119 on his debut Ashes appearance; Trott has now surrendered his spot in the squad to the awaiting Bopara. Pundits like Michael Vaughan Betfair ambassador will be wondering how he’ll get on.

Bopara was denied a place in the England team earlier this year, when Irishman, Eoin Morgan, was selected ahead of him, to play against Sri Lanka. Ravi says that his absence from the team sheet made him “even more determined” to play for England.

“At no stage did I think, ‘I’m not going to get a chance again'”, Bopara explained.

Steven Finn has also been called up as a reserve for Tremlett. James Taylor, an important part of the England Lions’ match against Sri Lanka, last week, lost out to Bopara.


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