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Ravi Bopara to sign Essex deal - Graham Gooch

Ravi Bopara
Bopara is currently playing cricket in South Africa

Essex batting coach Graham Gooch says he is confident Ravi Bopara will sign a new contract with the club.

The 25-year-old all-rounder has been mulling over the offer of a two-year deal since early September.

Gooch told BBC Essex: "As I understand it, when I spoke to him, he is going to sign for Essex.

"He's not always the best organised of players, so getting him at a table with a pen in his hand is maybe a little bit more difficult."

Bopara has spent his entire professional career with Essex, coming through the academy from an early age and while a certain starter for his club, he has yet to become a regular name on the England teamsheet.

Ravi has risen through the academy system and has now developed into a top-class cricketer

Essex chief executive David East

Gooch added: "I've every confidence he will remain an Essex player. He's now got to go on to another phase in his career.

"He's had England recognition but he now needs to nail down a regular place. He has the talent and he's now got to show the consistency."

Meanwhile, the club's chief executive David East has suggested the delay in announcing next season's format is also contributing to the delay on Bopara's contract.

He said: "The club are waiting for the ECB and PCA to agree the format of the competition before things can go further.

"Once this situation has been clarified then the whole process will be able to be completed between the club and Ravi.

"Ravi has risen through the academy system and has now developed into a top-class cricketer both domestically and internationally.

"He is very much one of our own and a huge asset to the squad."

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