Bopara called in to replace Bell for final ODI

Zeecric Bureau

Bristol: Ravi Bopara has been called in to replace injured Ian Bell in the England squad for the third and final ODI against Bangladesh on Monday.

Bell has been ruled out of the remainder of Bangladesh series and the upcoming Test series against Pakistan after he injured his left foot during Bangladesh’s five-run win in Bristol.

Bopara’s career graph has been devoid of the 50-over format since September last year, when he played his last ODI for England against New Zealand in the champions Trophy.

Bopara had been originally left out of the squad for this series as Jonathan Trott was preferred over him. Trott played a smashing 94-run inning in the last ODI which went in absolute vain as England lost the game by 5 runs.

Bell’s injury, however, came at a very wrong time for him as he had just made a comeback into England’s one-day side after almost one and a half years, having played the last ODI for England in November 2008. He marked his comeback in style with a Man-of-the-Match-winning unbeaten 84 to guide England to a six-wicket victory in the first ODI at Trent Bridge, but now faces a cast out yet again for up to seven weeks.

Bopara has been in good form with both bat and ball for the England Lions but is unlikely to feature in the final ODI at Edgbaston unless England opt to repeat the formula that brought them defeat - playing six batsmen and leaving out the second spinner.
Bell injured his foot by diving to his left at square leg in an attempt to catch Junaid Siddique in the 10th over, but instead fell awkwardly as he landed.

The 28-year-old Warwickshire batsman was taken to hospital where an X-ray revealed he’d fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot.


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