Bopara determined to get England spot back

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England all-rounder Ravi Bopara may not be part of the ODI squad to face India in the coming days, but says he will not give up on getting his place back and will support the team regardless.

England all-rounder Ravi Bopara may not be part of the ODI squad to face India in the coming days, but says he will not give up on getting his place back and will support the team regardless.

Bopara was absent from the team sheet despite some impressive performances for the Lions side in August, and said he would keep going for Essex, and for the Lions, to show selectors he was worth the gamble.

Bopara told <i>Hawksbee and Jacobs</i>: "This is not the end for me. I take inspiration from guys like Mike Hussey, who really started his Australia career in his late 20s and then had five or six years when he was on top of the world.

"I will never, ever give up. I'll be looking to get back in, and I will get back in. I really believe in myself, and I will be there. I can't focus on the problem, only the solution.

"It's not about what I can't bring to the team, but what I can. I'm disappointed because it's probably been one of my better years this year, but I will never, ever give up on my England hopes. A little setback like this is definitely not going to hold me back.

"I've been told they want to try a different balance to the side, probably go with a bit more aggression with the bowling and a bit more aggression at the top with the batting, so if I don't fit into that team it's fair enough and you've got to back their decision.

"I'm an England fan and you've got to hope they go on to win the series. I'd love to be part of it, but I will be back."

Bopara has played 108 ODIs and 13 Tests for England, and averages nearly 32 with the bat in one-dayers, and 37.45 with the ball. He has often come to the party with a rescuing knock at the death, especially in T20s.

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