ICC World Twenty20: Ravi Bopara keen to make an impact

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Ravi Bopara is looking to smash the ball into the stands at every opportunity as England prepare to face Sri Lanka in a crucial game at the ICC World Twenty20 on Thursday.

Having suffered defeat to New Zealand in their opening game, it’s getting close to all or nothing for the 2010 champions if they are going to stand any chance of winning the competition in Bangladesh.

Although unfortunate to lose to the Kiwis on the Duckworth-Lewis method, the English have come in for some criticism for not hitting enough sixes in the shortest form of the game.

Sri Lanka, as one of the fancied teams in the tournament, have had no problem clearing the ropes in the past and will put head coach Ashley Giles and his men under plenty of pressure in the Super 10 encounter in Chittagong.

However, Bopara is full of confidence going into the match and has revealed he and the rest of his team-mates have been working hard in training to make sure they can hit as many maximums as possible.

He said: “Obviously you have to hit sixes in T20 cricket to push the run rates up. I can only speak for myself when I’m practising, I do need to practice hitting the ball over the ropes.

“I’m going to face roughly between 10-20 balls I think, at most, batting at number six so really after my third or fourth ball I need to be ready to hit a six so I’m going in and practising like that.”

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