Ravi Bopara targets England recall

Ravi Bopara on July 21, 2012
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Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara expresses his desire to force his way into England's 15-man Champions Trophy squad.

Ravi Bopara has revealed that he is keen to be part of the England squad that will compete at June's Champions Trophy.

The Essex batsman was named in the 30-man performance squad for the tournament last month, but that will be cut in half next month.

Having found himself out of favour with the selectors for recent matches, the 27-year-old has admitted that he is desperate to force his way back into the international reckoning.

"The Champions Trophy is a huge event in my mind. I definitely want to start the season well to get in that squad and get in that top 11," he told the ECB's official website. "I've done some work over this winter with the teams that I've played for and I've taken a few steps to becoming better.

"I don't really care where I fit in; wherever I'm needed I'll play. Throughout my career I've batted from one to seven so I can fit in anywhere. A lot of people can only bat in one position and that's all they've ever done. I've batted from one to seven to eight. I can bat anywhere in the order."

Bopara has played 13 Tests and 83 one-day internationals for England.

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