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Bopara upbeat over England future

Ravi Bopara
Bopara averaged 15 in seven innings against Australia this summer

Essex batsman Ravi Bopara is adamant he will bounce back and earn an England recall after being dropped for the Ashes decider at The Oval.

The 24-year-old saw his place taken by Jonathan Trott, who marked his Test debut with a century as England looked to clinch a series win over Australia.

But Bopara told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportweeek: "I usually take things on the chin and get on with it.

"I am not a guy to make a fuss. I will come back a better player."

He responded to the disappointment of being dropped by smashing a double century for his county this week against Surrey.

"That's my way of answering," he said. "When I got to 100 I said to myself I am not getting off this pitch until I come back with 200."

Bopara managed an average of just 15 for England from seven innings against Australia, batting at number three in the first four Tests, but says his confidence has not been affected.

"I was surprised I went through seven innings without getting a massive score or a big score," he said. "I did feel as if there was a score around the corner."

Bopara, who hit three consecutive centuries against the West Indies earlier this year, says he still feels part of the England squad and is hopeful of winning a place on the forthcoming winter tour of South Africa.

"England selector Geoff Miller came to visit me this week in Colchester," Bopara explained. "We had a little chat and the conversation was that my form wasn't great and they had to look elsewhere.

"I can't complain about that - the only thing I can go out and do is score big runs and get back into the England side.

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"He said I am part of the future of English cricket, which is pleasing - it shows faith in me.

"I've always got on really well with the management and that is what it is all about, building a squad that goes out and plays for the next six or seven years.

"If we want to be the number one team in the world then our squad has to be quite tight. I would love to be a part of it and I think I am a part of it.

"I'm not quite sure at the moment which position suits me best for England. I will just bat anywhere, anywhere I am told."

Bopara admitted there is a big gulf in class between county and Test cricket but is sure he can make the grade.

"The bowlers in Test cricket are a lot more drilled and can put the ball where they want it - they are relentless at times," he added.

"In county cricket, the bowlers are probably not as accurate which gives you the chance to release pressure and score runs at a frequent pace.

"Test cricket is tough work but the toughest survive and go on and do well. Have I got what it takes? I certainly have - I scored my three hundreds to prove it and I will do it again."



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Bopara puts Surrey to the sword
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Bopara inspires Essex fightback
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England gamble on uncapped Trott
16 Aug 09 |  England
Bopara and Bell struggle for form
12 Aug 09 |  England
Bopara in need of Ashes impact
18 Jul 09 |  England
Australia in England 2009
20 Sep 09 |  England


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