Bopara: My plan is to be annoying

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Batsman Ravi Bopara is determined to return to England's Test XI on the back of a string of telling performances in ODI cricket.

Batsman Ravi Bopara is determined to return to England's Test XI on the back of a string of telling performances in ODI cricket.

Bopara has not played a Test match since July 2012, but remains a regular member of the limited-overs squad, and recently welcomed a fine century in a tight one-off fixture against Ireland in Dublin.

The right-handed Bopara, too, has been named in the squad for this month's five-ODI series against Australia – and has recognised the opportunity to remind the selectors of his ambition.

"I don't know where I stand right now, but I know I've got to get runs – it's a simple formula. If you keep putting results on the board, knocking at that door, eventually someone's going to open it," said Bopara.

"My plan is to be annoying, just tick along at that door and hope one day someone comes along and opens it – and I get my chance. This is pretty much my plan to get back into the Test team at some stage."

The first ODI was washed out without a ball bowled at Headingley in Leeds on Friday. Sunday's second fixture at Old Trafford in Manchester, however, is likely to bring dryer conditions.

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