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Bopara pens new deal with Essex until end of 2019

PUBLISHED: 14:46 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:46 28 November 2018

Ravi Bopara in batting action for Essex in the 2018 Royal London One-Day Cup (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Ravi Bopara in batting action for Essex in the 2018 Royal London One-Day Cup (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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The all-rounder is now the longest-serving player at the club following James Foster's retirement at the end of last season

Essex CCC all-rounder Ravi Bopara has signed a contract extension that will see him remain with County Championship First Division side until the end of the 2019.

The 33-year-old made his first-class debut for the Eagles back in 2002 and following James Foster’s retirement, he is now the 2017 title-winners longest serving player.

Bopara told the official club website: “I’m glad to have signed a new one-year deal with Essex.

“I’m excited for the upcoming season, which will be my 18th year with the club and at 33, I still have plenty of years left.”

Bopara ended the season as Essex’s leading scorer in the County Championship, but is targeting team rather than individual success next season.

He added: “We had a good campaign in the County Championship last year, but know we can do better.

“We have a good blend of youth and experience in the dressing room and the depth to challenge for the title, so that’s our goal for next season.”

Essex head coach, Anthony McGrath is elated to see Bopara commit his future to the Chelmsford-based club.

He added: “Ravi is an integral part of team and will have a big role to play for us next year. He’s a local lad and has a wealth of cricketing experience, making him a great figure to have in the dressing room.”

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