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July 11, 2010
Ravi Bopara has been recalled to England's squad for the final ODI against Bangladesh on Monday in place of Ian Bell, who injured his left foot during Bangladesh's five-run win in Bristol.
Bopara has not played an ODI for England since their Champions Trophy defeat to New Zealand last September and had originally missed out on the squad for this series. The selectors opted for Jonathan Trott ahead of Bopara, a choice Trott justified by top-scoring with 94 in England's defeat.
The injury to Bell was particularly unlucky after he had only just returned into England's one-day side having not played since November 2008. He marked his comeback in style with a Man-of-the-Match-winning unbeaten 84 to guide England to a six-wicket victory in the first ODI at Trent Bridge, but now faces up to seven weeks out of the game after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his left foot.
Bopara has been in good form with both bat and ball for the England Lions but is unlikely to feature in the final ODI at Edgbaston unless England opt to repeat the formula that brought them defeat - playing six batsmen and leaving out the second spinner.
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