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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 March 2007, 11:18 GMT
Bopara extends his stay at Essex
Ravi Bopara
Bopara is part of England's squad for the World Cup
Ravi Bopara has signed a new deal with Essex which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2009 season.

Bopara, who is a member of England's World Cup squad, scored 806 runs at 38.38 in the County Championship last season also took 19 wickets.

"Hopefully I'll be playing for England more and more but I'm ready to stay at Essex for the rest of my career," he told Essex's official website.

"This is where I love playing and where I always want to play."

Bopara admitted his recent involvement in the England set-up had been a big boost.

"I didn't quite know what was going to be happening with my career a couple of months ago when I wasn't involved with England," he said.

Ravi represents everything our development structure and academy system are designed to produce

Essex chief executive David East

"But, since I've been involved with them, it's just made me want to stay with Essex forever."

Bopara made his one-day international debut in the recent Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia.

He played his part in an emphatic group stage victory over the hosts in Sydney and said he is excited about continuing his international career at the World Cup.

"I know I'll be out at the World Cup representing England but there will also be a part of me representing Essex and I'm proud of that," he said.

"I want to do everything I can for this club, because they've done a lot for me, so if I can repay them in any way I will."

Essex chief executive David East said: "We are all delighted that Ravi has committed himself to Essex until 2009.

"He represents everything our development structure and academy system are designed to produce, and we are sure that he will grasp the opportunity he has been given by his inclusion in the World Cup squad."

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