England v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Edgbaston July 11, 2010

Bopara called up to replace Bell

Cricinfo staff

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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  • django on July 12, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Q: What do Lumb, Kieswetter, Pietersen, Prior, Trott, Strauss, Shah, Morgan have in common? A: 8 players born to other countries. Bit of a below the belt comment but why does england have so many foreigners in their squad?Watching tonights game the first 3 are from SA. If KP was there it would be the top 4.

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    I do not think, Bopara is going to make a big difference anyway. If BD bat first, they need to put a decent total. If Tamim can play 1st 20/25 overs, no doubt, England will be in trouble. If Tamim is there, others just need to play around him. A total of 260 plus is a minimum. Imrul, Junaid and Johurul seem to be in good touch. Two of them have to stay on the wickets for long though, just like what Imrul delivered in the last ODI. Hopefully, Shakib, Ashraful, Mahmudullah will deliver with the bat this time, particularly capitalise batting power-play properly. If bowlers can deliver what they have shown in the last match, we may easily witness a positive result. Only batsmen BD need to worry about are Strauss, Trott and Collingwood. If BD bowlers can take these wickets early enough, England will be in trouble. Looking forward to another nail-biting game........Good luck BD......

  • Underclass on July 12, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    Middlesex' middle-order batsman Dawid Malan should have had a go instead of Ravi Bopara, though both of them have hit the form lately.

  • MOHAMMAD on July 11, 2010, 23:36 GMT


  • John on July 11, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    For Bangladesh selection - they should replace Ashraful with another batter. He has so far been a total waste of space for them.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    I love the optimism of fans even the ones supporting a team like Bangladesh...it is unbelievable. The last victory over an English team and diatribe of fans against India makes you think as if they have won the world cup.

    As for Bopara hopefully he will make it count this time....

  • Henry on July 11, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    Shah seems to be in good form limited overs form, if Bopara can get another chance surely he deserves to at least be in the frame

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Don't want to comment on this choice as there is little chance that he will be in the playing eleven. But i think Bangladesh had a real booster after the second one day win and it will be very tough if Bangladesh bat first and can score 380 plus. Bangladesh in 2010 played really some close matches but can't win and they relieved the pressure after the win. Tomorrow is going to be a tough day for England.

  • John on July 11, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Why not Lumb? He performed so well at the T20 level. He deserves a call up to the ODI side. In fact I would take it as far as to say he should have been picked ahead of Trott. Trott is never going to be an ODI/T20 player. I agree - Shah would have been a better pick ahead of Bopara.

  • Keith on July 11, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    A decent choice. Rav deserves his opportunity after being dumped in the wilderness after the ashes. After all he's not the first guy to do badly against the Aussies. Prove your doubters wrong ! Also, for all of you who can't seem to remember why Flintoff isn't in the frame at the moment. It's because he aint fit yet !!

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