Bopara To Guest For Gloucestershire
Ravi Bopara will play for Gloucestershire in tomorrow’s eagerly-awaited one-day clash with the South Africans at Bristol.
The 27-year-old Essex and England all-rounder was nominated by the ECB when Gloucestershire approached them about fielding a guest in the 50-over match against the tourists, which starts at 10.15am.
Bopara was today named in England’s squads for the one-day international series against South Africa, which begins at the Swalec Stadium on Friday night, and the T20 internationals which follow.
Gloucestershire Chief Executive, Tom Richardson, told this website: “We are delighted to have a player of Ravi’s ability and stature in our side for the tour match.
“We approached the ECB and asked if it would be possible to field a guest player and we are very pleased with their response.
"Ravi’s appearance will add even more interest to a game Gloucestershire fans and players have been looking forward to since it was announced.”
Gloucestershire have named a strong side and Hamish Marshall is the latest player to express his enthusiasm over the chance to face the South Africans.
“They are a tremendous team, as the Test series against England has proved, and it is a wonderful opportunity for our guys,” he said.
“If you can't get yourself up for a game like this, you shouldn’t be playing professional cricket.”
South Africa’s one-day squad is captained by AB de Villiers and features the renowned bowling attack led by Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.
With the first one-day clash against England so close, the tourists are also expected to field their strongest available side.
Gloucestershire (from) R.Nicol, R.Bopara, D.Housego, A.Gidman (capt), I. Cockbain, H.Marshall, W.Gidman, E.Young, J.Fuller, J.Batty (wkt), D.Payne, L.Norwell.