England batsman Ravi Bopara has vowed to return a better player after being dropped for the Ashes decider against Australia at the Oval.
His place was taken by Jonathan Trott, who marked his Test debut with a century.
“I usually take things on the chin and get on with it,” Bopara was quoted as saying in The Guardian. “I am not a massive guy for making too much of a fuss.”
The Essex batsman certainly responded to being dropped in style, hitting a double-century last week in his county’s win against Surrey.
“I think when I got to 100 I said to myself I am not getting off this pitch until I come back with 200.”
“That’s my way of answering,” said the 24-year-old, who averaged only 15 for England from seven innings against Australia in the first four Tests, batting at No.3.
“I was surprised I went through seven innings without getting a massive score. I did feel as if there was a score around the corner.”