Ravi Bopara determined to grab Test chance with England
Third Test: England v India
- Venue: Edgbaston
- Date: 10-14 August
- Start time: 1100 BST
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Ravi Bopara is confident he will make an impression for England when he returns to the Test side against India.
The Essex batsman made 178 against Leicestershire just over a week ago and is determined to continue that form at Edgbaston in the third Test.
"I'd love to play international cricket for 10 years," said Bopara. "You want to prove yourself at the top.
"I know I can score runs at the top level. I've done it before - there's no reason why I can't do it again."
RAVI BOPARA'S TEST RECORD
- Bopara played 10 Tests between 2007 and 2009
- He averages 118.33 with the bat from three Tests against West Indies
- But only averages 15 against Australia (four Tests) and 8.40 against Sri Lanka (three Tests)
Bopara is expected to bat at number five or six, with Ian Bell set to move up to three in place of the injured Jonathan Trott, as England seek to improve on their 2-0 series lead.
Bopara, who has played 10 Tests since his debut in 2007 against Sri Lanka, said he will not waste his opportunity to play Test cricket again.
"I back my ability and I definitely know more about my game than I ever have," he commented.
"The first thing I needed was an opportunity, and this is it. There wasn't a stage where I thought I would not get back in. I knew my opportunity would come.
"I know I can bat in tough conditions. I do it in county cricket, and I did it a week ago against Leicestershire. I got into the zone and honestly felt like I couldn't get out."
England (from): Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn.
India (from): Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Wriddhiman Saha (wk).