Pakistan can bounce back, feels Bopara

Feb 17, 2012, 08:36 IST | AFP
Return-to-form batsman Ravi Bopara on Wednesday warned England to avoid any complacency against a dangerous Pakistan team despite racing into a 2-0 lead in their one day international series.

Ravi Bopara in full flow at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Pic/Getty Images

England won the first match by 130 runs on Monday and then doubled the lead with a hard earned 20-run win in the second on Wednesday -- both in Abu Dhabi.

Bopara hit half centuries in both games and assisted his captain Alastair Cook -- who hit successive centuries -- to help England post challenging totals in both the games.

But Bopara warned Pakistan can still bounce back in the last two games here on Saturday and Tuesday.
"Any series where you go 2-0 up is pretty good," said the 26-year-old. "But we're keeping our feet on the ground. We know from the Test series what Pakistan are capable of. They are a very unpredictable side," said Bopara.

Pakistan won the preceding three-Test series 3-0.

Bopara, part of the England team which lost 5-0 in India last year, said a win of this stature in sub-continent conditions would be great.

"It's going to be a massive thing for us to win out here. We haven't had a good one-day record in the sub-continent so it's a big thing for us to win. It will give us confidence to know we can do it in sub-continent conditions."

Bopara warned against thinking of a 4-0 win. "I wouldn't want to think like that. We've done that in the past. Individually we've got a bit giddy and things just go wrong. So we're not going to look too far ahead.

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