Thursday 15 November 2007 

Bopara Commits Further To Essex

All-rounder Ravinder Bopara has signed a one-year contract extension with Essex, taking him up to the end of the 2010 season.

The 22-year-old put pen to paper shortly before flying out with the England squad on Thursday for their Test series in Sri Lanka.

Bopara enjoyed his best season with the bat to date in 2007, scoring 849 runs @ 60.64 in the LV County Championship, 370 runs @ 61.66 in the Friends Provident Trophy and 134 runs @ 44.66 in the Twenty20 Cup.

The talented all-rounder also excelled in the field, with his 10 wickets @ 25.20 helping the Essex Eagles into the Friends Provident Trophy semi-finals before injury ruled him out of the last-four match.

Bopara’s consistent form at county level has now earned him recognition on the international stage. Despite suffering bad luck with injuries the Newham-born cricketer now has 19 ODI caps to his name after appearing in all five of England’s games in their recent series in Sri Lanka.

His ability to hold his nerve at key moments has resulted in the England selectors showing their renewed faith in the youngster by now selecting him for his first Test tour.

On signing his new contract at Essex Bopara told the Essex CCC website (www.essexcricket.org.uk):

“Essex has become like a second home to me so I’m delighted to be committing myself to the County for another year. I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made over the last year so I hope to achieve a great deal more for both Essex and England by the time this contract runs out.”

Essex Chief Executive David East told the Essex CCC website:

“We are delighted Ravi continues to commit himself to Essex County Cricket Club for the foreseeable future. His progress to date has been nothing short of meteoric and we fully expect him to become a permanent fixture in the England team for many years to come. Nonetheless it is comforting to think that when he gets the chance to return to county cricket he will do so in an Essex shirt.”

Everyone at Essex County Cricket Club would like to wish Ravi and Alastair Cook the best of luck in Sri Lanka.

© Essex CCC