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'Eng aim to continue winning momentum'

Press Trust Of India
Oct 05, 2011 at 08:46pm IST

Hyderabad: England middle-order batsman Ravi Bopara on Wednesday said that his side would look to continue with their winning momentum against India and clinch the five match one-day series starting here on October 14.

"It's crucial for both sides. We are here to win and we want to keep that up (winning momentum). We haven't come here to lose. As an international team the most important thing is that you try to win every single game you play," Bopara told reporters after team training session.

"India have got a new look side which provides an opportunity for those new guys to come in and ensure that what they are (all) about," he said.

'Eng aim to continue winning momentum'

Bopara said he would concentrate on his batting to cement his place in the England.

"We too have got lot of young players. The youngsters are trained and geared up to perform in English or Indian conditions and all around," he added.

England beat India 3-0 in the five-match one-day series in August.

The 26-year-old, who scored his career-best 96 against India in the tied fourth ODI at Lord's, said, "The Lord's match against India played a massive part in my mind and how I am going to play. The series (against India) went nicely.

"It certainly gave me the confidence to go into this upcoming series. Not only the upcoming series it has given me a overall confidence now to work for my future as well," he said.

Bopara said he would concentrate on his batting to cement his place in the England side though he enjoyed bowling especially in Twenty20.

"I really enjoyed my bowling in Twenty20. But batting will remain my main strength and I would concentrate on it," he said.

"Good performances helped me to cement my place in the English team. I had a good summer with one day cricket in England so hopefully I can start well in India. Though, it's still a long way to go with regard to batting," said Bopara.

He said the biggest challenge for him in the upcoming series will be facing spin and chasing big totals.

"Spin will play a big part in India. We have to wait and see what type of pitches are prepared here. Biggest challenge will be facing spin, besides chasing big totals. It's exciting to see how the scores will be here," he said.

Bopara said the Indian Premier League has helped him and other cricketers all around the world with more aggression in their game.

On the new cricket rules being implemented in the India-England ODI series, he said, "It's interesting. It's going to be exciting as nobody knows what's going to happen."

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