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Bopara vows to fight hard to cement place in ODI squad

Last updated on: September 08, 2011 14:03 IST

Never a permanent fixture in England's one-day team due to his inconsistent form, batsman Ravi Bopara says he is aiming to cement his place by scoring big against the hapless Indian team in the ongoing five-match series.

Bopara, who has played 61 ODIs with an average 28, was drafted into the England squad as a replacement for the injured Eoin Morgan. And, the 26-year-old wants to use the opportunity to cement his place in the squad.

Ravi Bopara"I was a bit surprised Eoin was not fit, but nevertheless

I was told early enough and was given time to prepare. I've not been told I will definitely play the rest of the series, but obviously I'd like to play and fight for that spot," Bopara said.


a great chance to make it into the first XI and then perform and cement a place in the side. It's a great chance, with guys resting and a few injuries about. There is a great opportunity to cement my place," he added.


lauded England's batting display in the series so far.


way we went about our business was unbelievable, especially some of the batters. I thought the way our batters went about chasing it was spot on," he said.

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