Friday, May 15, 2009

Ravi Bopara: The Solution of England’s No. 3 Batting Spot

Ravi Bopara seems to have appeared as a solution to England’s no. 3 problem. After Michael Vaughan being dropped from England’s test squad lat year, Ian Bell was given the no. 3 place of England batting line up. However, Bell was dropped from England;s tour of Caribbean earlier this year following a series of poor performances and since then there was no one who could have been the automatic choice for England’s no. 3 slot. Now, it seems that Ravi Bopara is the man to clinch the spot as of now, hitting three centuries in three matches in a row.

Ravi Bopara scored a century in the test in Caribbean, and then hit another one in the first test of the ongoing series at Lord’s. The 24-year-old hit another hundred yesterday on the opeing day of the second test against West Indies. Thanks to two hundreds from Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara, England has reached 302 losing 2 wickets on the first day of the second test. Ravi Bopara’s performance has decreased the worry of England selectors as they have finally got someone whom then can pick up for the number 3 position without thinking twice for the time being.


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