Ravi Bopara’s back

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As in ‘returned’. He hasn’t got anklosing spondylitis or anything.

“He’s late to meetings, or he wears the wrong clothing to a function, or forgets his passport.” – Essex coach, Paul Grayson.

Ravi Bopara – a man with qualities we can all get behind.


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  1. Ankylosing spondylitis jokes are probably a lot funnier for people who don’t have (or have never had) cripplingly agonising back pain.

    1. Very true, Ged – jokes are only ever funny to those who don’t directly identify with the situations, as my friend from across the road Chicken Licken is often reminding me.

    2. Well I’ve actually got AS but I don’t mind jokes about it, what I do mind is that it never gave me the ability to bat like Mike Atherton or write like him for that matter. Life is just so unfair.

    1. And Ian Bell is the new Collingwood. Collingwood is the new Flintoff. Flintoff is the new Botham.

  2. Ravi Bopara is the new Graeme Hick, give him some time and he will beat Hick’s record of comebacks.

  3. Bopara should slot just behind prior in the batting order, Bell to bat first drop. Use him in a Luke Wright sort of role – with the obvious difference being he can bat and bowl. Steve Waugh started his career in that role.
    If you need a night watchman send Ravi out.
    You could probably move Prior past Morgan in the batting order and make him work for his average too.

  4. Tim Bresnan is the new Andy Roberts.
    Stuart Broad is the new Michael Holding.
    Chris Tremlett is the new Curtly Ambrose.
    Graeme Swann is the new…er…Graeme Swann.

    India are f*cked.

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