Ravi Bopara ready to play all-round role for England
Ravi Bopara is fit and ready to star with bat and ball in the one-day internationals against Australia and Ireland.
Last Updated: 30/08/13 8:59pm
The Essex all-rounder bowled his first over in almost two months in England's 39-run defeat to Australia in their opening Twenty20 encounter on Thursday.
Bopara had been prevented from bowling due to a side strain, but he is now prepared to increase his workload for the remainder of the summer.
"I have not bowled for seven or eight weeks but I am not going to put it down to rustiness," said Bopara, whose only over cost 15 runs as Aaron Finch flayed the England attack to all parts of the Ageas Bowl.
"I only bowled one over and I just tried to hit the lengths. I just got it wrong in my one over and I got punished. Twenty20 is like that. You have a dip and it either goes your way or it doesn't.
"I've probably never seen as many sixes in a game of cricket as I saw," added Bopara in reference to Finch's 14 maximums in his memorable 156.
"I am definitely fit enough to bowl. Nothing hurt me. My side was fine and I am feeling good.
"I am glad it came out that way because just before I came on to bowl after an injury like that you have a bit of scare.
"You bowl your first few balls flat out and you are not quite sure if it is going to go again but everything was fine.
"I know my bowling is an important role not just for my career but also for the balance of the England one-day side. It is important I get that right and do a good job."