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Ravi Bopara managed just 105 runs in seven Ashes innings, but claims he felt that a big score was "around the corner"

Ravi Bopara insists he will return a better player after he was dropped from the England Test team for the Ashes decider against Australia.

His tally of 105 runs in the first four Tests cost him his place in the side for the fifth and final match at the Brit Oval

Bopara watched his replacement, Jonathan Trott, score a century on his Test debut as England closed in on victory and a series win.

But he insisted: “I usually take things on the chin and get on with it. I am not a massive guy for making too much of a fuss.”

The 24-year-old responded to being axed by hitting 201 in Essex’s LV= County Championship clash with Surrey at Colchester, and revealed he was doubly determined to impress given his recent disappointments.

“That’s my way of answering,” he told Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek. “I think when I got to 100 I said to myself I am not getting off this pitch until I come back with 200.

Bopara insists his confidence has not been affected by his Test travails, having scored three centuries in as many Tests against West Indies leading up to the Ashes.

He added: “I was surprised I went through seven innings (against Australia) without getting a massive score or a big score. I did feel as if there was a score around the corner.

“I think the mental side is the biggest step up. I will come back a better player.”

Asked which position he would prefer to bat at for England, Bopara said: “I will just bat anywhere, anywhere I am told.”

Bopara also paid tribute to Trott, whose fine 119 in England’s second innings yesterday left Australia chasing an improbable 546 to win.

He said: “We get on well; we have played a lot of cricket together. I’m really happy for him. He deserves it.”

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