Not quite the start that Ravi would have hoped for in his quest to get the 6th batting spot in the England test side.
Scores of 0 and 39 isn’t a great start, and he was also upstaged by Kent youngster Sam Northeast (112) who scored a century in the match when conditions weren’t great for batting.
Ravi did put a block on Northeast’s attempt to upstage him by claiming the youngsters wicket in the 2nd innings. Figures of 2/50 from 18 overs in Kent’s 2nd innings was probably Bopara’s greater match input.
Bopara’s bowling could be very important when it comes to selecting the 6th batsman. With England only playing a 4 man attack, a batsman who is reliable enough to bowl 8-10 overs a day would be invaluable and probably high on the selectors tick list.
And you never know, if Collingwood’s standards are anything to go by, you wouldn’t need to score bucket loads of runs either.
You could scratch around at the crease, score 16 or so runs in about an hour, then get yourself out with a ridiculous shot or a lack of technique and keep your place for years as long as you can bowl a few overs when the seamers need a rest. There is hope for Ravi yet.
Another thing going for Ravi is that Eoin Morgan hasn’t done much in the IPL yet, in his latest (2nd) game he didn’t even get a bat. He only managed 6 runs in his 1st match, so there is still all to play for.