Ravi Bopara Watch

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.

Not the ideal start for Ravi

It was a mixed day for England hopefuls on the first full day of the County Championship season, with Ravi Bopara coming a distant second best to Sam Northeast at Chelmsford.

I was impressed to hear that Bopara had turned down a £100,000 IPL contract to concentrate on playing for Essex in an attempt to get his England test place back.

Eoin Morgan has gone to the IPL, it is widely expected that Morgan is next in line for a test spot with Paul Collingwood’s place becoming available.

So why has Ravi decided to stay at Essex instead of going to India? Especially if Morgan is going to get the vacant test spot.

Well, maybe Ravi has had a wink and a nudge, possibly from Graham Gooch? Either it is a very brave call, or he knows something that we don’t.

It could be that someone has told Ravi that the test place is far from secured for Morgan.

Anyway, things couldn’t have gone much worse for Ravi today with him getting a 16 ball duck.

This came after Kent youngster Sam Northeast had scored a century. It wasn’t just the 112 runs Northeast scored that was impressive, it was the fact that he scored them on a pitch that seen 16 wickets fall on the day.

It was also a massive 88 runs more than any other player managed on the day, with no other player making it past 24 and just the 2 batsmen passing 20.

If anyone from England had come to see Ravi play, they would have left Chelmsford with another name to throw into the hat.

The only good thing to happen for Ravi today, was the fact that Morgan could only manage 6 runs in the opening IPL match.

Morgan was unable to get his Kolkata Knight Riders across the line as they lost to Chennai Super Kings. They needed 42 runs from 28 balls when Morgan came into bat, far from an impossible task by his high standards.

England Watch Scoreboard – Ravi 0, Morgan 0.