December 19 2013 Latest news:
Ravi Bopara has signed a new one-year contract with the Club, which will run until the end of the 2014 season. Bopara, 28, made his debut for Essex in 2002, playing 138 First-Class matches and hitting over 8,000 runs.
England team director Andy Flower has refused to be drawn on his long-term future after his team surrendered the Ashes in Australia.
Middlesex batsman Sam Robson has played down suggestions that he could be in line for an England call-up following their Ashes woe.
England have lost the Ashes inside 14 days, after their 150-run defeat in Perth.
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Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott believes the national team “have cocked it up big time” after they surrendered the Ashes with two Tests still remaining.
Alastair Cook conceded his England side had been outplayed in every department as they surrendered the Ashes to Australia before Christmas.
England lost the Ashes before Christmas with a third successive landslide defeat, despite Ben Stokes’ maiden Test century.
Ian Bell has not written off England’s hopes of keeping the Ashes series alive and believes they can still bat out the final day in Perth.
Ben Stokes’ maiden Test half-century kept the Ashes barely alive for one more day as England produced some last-ditch defiance in defence of the urn at the WACA.