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In typical defence of Ravi, his performances with the ball in the ODI series against SA were excellent, a series economy of 3.42, more than a run better than the next man, while his batting did disappoint and he was unable to back up a very good series with the bat in the previous ODI series against Australia.
His medium pacers do become very handy in English conditions where he nibbles it just enough and bowls wicket to wicket. I personally think he bats better as in the Australia series, coming in around number four allowing him the chance to get settled at the crease and work the ball around, but in the current side he would more than likely have to make do with the number six/seven slot with his bowling a strong reason for his inclusion.
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Last edited by Prince EWS; 17-01-2013 at 03:07 PM.
Bopara's bowling is more suited to Indian conditions than Mascarenhas's is IMO.
Well Dimi is 35 now as well of course.
Think we may be overstating Bopara as a bowler as well, I mean I am faily sure that if he bowled 10 overs regulalry that he would get smashed on a frequent basis. Better than Jade obviously.
Just saw the headline again, love the little sub-title where is says he may be 'England's missing link' as if England are one player away from being a complete side and that he has never tried before.
He was pretty damn good in the summer though, in a wide variety of conditions. The big issues though is that pretty much all of those overs were in the middle, and if you want those overs used by Woakes and the spinners it leaves just Bopara and Finn for the death.
Of course it's all pointless talk really, because it will never come close to happening. England have usually favoured 5 bowlers in limited overs recently, so the idea that they'll have a part time bowler at 8 and a guy who averages nearly 40 with the bat in FC cricket at 9 is just madness.
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