Bopara 'unlikely to bowl in Test series'

Bopara 'unlikely to bowl


Bopara is vying with Samit Patel and Tim Bresnan for a spot in England's first XI in Galle on Monday, but his chances have now been badly hit after he hurt himself in the warm-up match against a Sri Lankan Board XI.

An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman said: "Ravi Bopara strained his left side in the first innings and is unlikely to bowl during the Test series. He will be available for selection as a specialist batsman."

Bopara bowled five overs in the first innings, but did not feature in the bowling attack thereafter; meanwhile, he scored 66 runs in the second innings.

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