Is Jonny Bairstow the next Ravi Bopara?

Regular readers will know we rather like Ravi Bopara. We don’t think he’s the next Bradman or owt, but we do think he’s probably England’s sixth best batsman. People don’t like picking the sixth best batsman. They have it in their heads that there must be someone better out there

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Ravi Bopara’s back

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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Ravi Bopara is keen but not too keen

He’s confident without being arrogant; humble without being meek; aggressive without being irresponsible; watchful without being bogged down. That’s what he’d say anyway. England’s cricketers know they have to say the right things and it’s painful to hear at times. They have to remain positive otherwise the media call them

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Ashes players to watch tomorrow

You might have noticed a certain jaded world-weariness about our recent Ashes coverage as a result of mindless media coverage smotheration. It feels right that we should return to our natural demeanour at a time when everyone else is bouncing about like there’s a lot of bouncing to be done

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Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook

Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook have batted together for Essex for ten years or so. They make an odd, but effective, couple. Cook’s a gangling left-handed posho who’s lumpen at the crease and nervy in front of the camera. Bopara’s a podgy, right-handed bloke, who’s often aggressive at the crease

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Ravi Bopara celebrates

It’s nice to have a batsman who celebrates his hundreds through the lost art of mime. In Barbados he did a funny bow and arrow thing upon reaching three figures. Yesterday, he outlined the Lord’s honours board and scribbled his name on it. Ravi Bopara could have played flawlessly for

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Ravi Bopara: England number three

We like it. Let’s put some mundane banalities into bullet point format to in no way support that. Ravi Bopara Proper batsman who bats at three for his county One of the few batsmen in county cricket who you could consider to have been exceptional over the last few years

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