Broad: Bopara's working hard

  • Last Updated: September 10 2012, 8:04 BST

England Twenty20 skipper Stuart Broad claims Ravi Bopara has been "working very hard" to recapture his best form.

Ravi Bopara: The England batsman has been struggling for form

Bopara is fast becoming England's principal dilemma as they near the defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown.

England's No.3 has endured a dispiriting sequence of single-figure scores - in all formats of the sport - since his season was disrupted last month by still unspecified personal problems.

Broad was equivocal about that puzzle as he reflected on going 1-0 down in a series which will conclude in Birmingham on Wednesday night - hours before England head to Colombo to take on the world again.

"Ravi's struggled the last couple of weeks, but he's working very hard on putting that right," said Broad.

"You know as a batsman you can be one shot away from something clicking, and finding yourself back in form - and Twenty20 cricket is probably the perfect format for that, because you can play with a bit of licence and let that freedom come back to your game.

"We hope Ravi can get back to that, because he'll be an important player for us in Sri Lanka - not just with the bat, but I think his bowling will be useful on those sorts of wickets."

Options

England do have the reassurance of a near like-for-like - and in-form - deputy in Luke Wright.

The Sussex all-rounder cannot claim Bopara's batting pedigree, but he has shown himself in an especially good light this summer with a string of fine performances for his county.

"Someone like Wrighty has played some really good knocks in domestic cricket in the past couple of weeks," added Broad.

"Going into this 'World Cup', there will certainly be a chance to have a look at some different options for guys to impress.

"There's going to be some opportunities available. It's up to the guys to really grab them."