Australia news November 8, 2013

Bopara signs up for BBL

ESPNcricinfo staff

England allrounder Ravi Bopara has signed up to play for the Sydney Sixers in this season's Big Bash League. He will replace Chris Tremlett, who is in England's Ashes squad, for the first part of the tournament.

Bopara is part of England's limited-overs teams, putting in a series of impressive displays during the northern summer, but has not played a Test since 2012. He is currently in action in the Dhaka Premier Division and will join up with fellow England batsman Michael Lumb for the Sixers.

"I'm delighted to be joining the Sydney Sixers for the first half of the Big Bash," Bopara said. "The Sixers are famous throughout the cricketing world and I'm privileged to have the opportunity to represent them.

"The team is full of absolutely fantastic talent and I'm looking forward to catching up and playing alongside them when we meet up next month."

Bopara has scored 2850 T20 runs, including one century, at a strike rate of 113.50, as well as taking 88 wickets with his medium pace. He played in all but one of Essex's games in last season's Friends Life t20, as they reached the semi-finals.

"Ravi fills a great role for us at the Sixers, as an allrounder with excellent strokeplay and medium-pace bowling," the Sixers general manager, Dominic Remond, said. "He has played at the highest level of international cricket and will bring great experience to our team."

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  • Cyril_Knight on November 9, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Why on Earth have they signed Tremlett? He is an awful T20 bowler. His natural length and lack of speed allow batsmen to set themselves to hit over the top straight. He had some dreadful figures for Surrey in this year's comp and often didn't bowl out his four overs.

    Bopara is a far better signing; a proven international limited overs cricketer.

    @Simon Mulligan Bopara's race has nothing to do with his non-selection. If it were would he be picked at all? Nonsense talk like this does not help. Bopara is one of the lads, he goes out and drinks and is a popular man in the dressing room. You assume that because he is Asian that he has to be nurtured - absolute rubbish.

  • android_user on November 9, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    The sixers are indeed world famous as they won the big bash 01 plus champions league 2012

  • dunger.bob on November 8, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    I'm not sure how world famous the sixers are, but thanks for talking it up Ravi.

    It's always good to see some o'seas talent in our domestic cricket. Gives it a bit of extra interest imo.

    Good luck to him, I hope he enjoy's it and plays well for them.

  • Batmanian on November 8, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    They're still persisting with the BBL? It's 2013-14.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 8, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    The Big Bash sides should get some decent T20 bowlers like Santokie the best bowler from the Carribean CPL and the best bowler from England Azharullah.

  • dummy4fb on November 8, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Ravi should have been given more of a chance at Test Level.I worry that England has not been able to nurture British Asian players. With the exception of Nasser H who had such depth of personal belief ( and should get far more credit for turning Team England around) Would love to see more English players like Ravi in the team

  • CodandChips on November 8, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    He did seem an improved player in the ODIs but still failed to get England over the line in the Champions Trophy (but did vs Ireland at least). Hopefully he can learn to get a team over the line rather than getting out just before the end like he almost always does.

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