Watch | Bopara guides Essex to valuable bonus points


Day Four saw the two of the most experienced Essex players in the side guide the team to valuable bonus points against Hampshire, in a game which was destined to continue the team’s frustrating time on the road so far this season.

Both Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara hit 84 with the bat, with the latter finishing the day alongside Simon Harmer, just 16 short of his century.

Ravi spoke to Essex Cricket TV after play to talk about his innings and also the criticism his teammate, Cook, has had to endure in recent weeks.

Essex now return to Chelmsford on Friday for the visit of Yorkshire. There wasn’t any play when the two side were scheduled to meet each other in the season opener, and Anthony McGrath’s men will be looking to record back-to-back home victories in the Specsavers County Championship.