T20 Series: Ravi Bopara returns to Dolphins

2013-02-06 00:00

ENGLAND batsman Ravi Bopara returns to the Dolphins camp for the upcoming domestic T20 series after helping the team to the semi-finals of the 40-over competition in the 2010/11 season.

In that season, he amassed a useful 336 runs at an average of 42, adding 15 wickets at 20,86.

Making the official announcement in Durban yesterday, Jesse Chelin, CEO of KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union, welcomed the signing of the 28-year-old right-hand batsman and more than useful right-arm medium pace bowler.

“It’s great to have him back and no doubt he will be a vital cog in the team, his experience and leadership being invaluable. Having been here last season, it shouldn’t take him long to settle and adapt to conditions.”

Bopara has played 13 Tests for England, never quite realising his potential at the top of the order. Despite numerous recalls to the side, he averages 31,94 with the bat, his last Test being the “Hashim Amla” Test at the Oval last year, where Amla smashed an unbeaten 311.

Bopara is currently playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for the Chittagong Kings and again, his form has been patchy, with 101 runs from seven innings.

“I am delighted to be joining the Dolphins for the T20 competition. Having played here [Durban] before, I know the cricket is of a high standard and I will do everything to ensure the Dolphins have a great tournament,” said Bopara.

Fans will be hoping Bopara can “click” with some long overdue form, possibly helping the side to some long-forgotten silverware.

The Dolphins play their first T20 match on Friday, February 15, meeting the Titans at 6 pm, at Kingsmead. The team is hoping Bopara will be available, but his BPL franchise has the final say.

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