24 March 2011
Bopara confident Yardy exit won't hurt England
England's all rounder feels the team is focusing on their next match and not on Yardy's exit from the tournament
Ravi Bopara remains positive that Yardy's exit will not affect England.
The 30-year-old Yardy announced on Thursday he was suffering from depression and had no option but to return home.
"It will definitely not hurt, it doesn't affect anyone," said Bopara.
"It is Yardy's personal decision. I've just got to get on with my game and everyone else has got to get on with their game and do their jobs properly."
Bopara said he heard about Yardy's decsion on Thursday morning.
"I've noticed over the last couple of days that he wasn't 100 per cent."
"Usually he's quite bubbly, quite a busy character but he wasn't busy the last couple of days so I did notice something, but I didn't notice that it was to the extent that he needed to go home."
"I think players should be open about that anyway because it can be a big problem. It's not a minor issue, not something you can look upon lightly. It can affect someone quite badly and affect their life."
Bopara said he focuses on his cricket to avoid the pitfalls of a long tour.
"I've been away from home from quite a young age. I've been in and out of my house since the age of 16 so I'm lucky enough to get used to being away," said Bopara.
"I love playing so I focus all my energy on playing cricket which in a way helps me not think about home and my family," said Bopara.
Bopara felt England, who have already lost Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Ajmal Shahzad to injury at this tournament, can deal with Yardy's exit.
"It's not by choice that we've had a few injuries. Broad and KP would always be in your first XI. But James Tredwell has come straight in having not played for a long time and got man of the match (against West Indies)."
"Myself against South Africa coming in and getting man of the match. Those sort of things give management belief and the rest of the team that the new guys coming in are good enough," said Bopara, who hit 60 in the six-run win.
The Essex batsman believed Sri Lanka will be tough opponents in home conditions at the R. Premadasa stadium.
"I enjoy playing against Sri Lanka. They're tough opposition," said Bopara who also faced Sri Lanka at the 2007 World Cup.
Bopara hit a brilliant 52 in a lost cause when Sri Lanka beat England by two runs at Antigua.
"I was quite young. Unfortunately then I didn't know how to hit a six. We didn't use to practise it back then - clearing the front leg and hitting over mid-on - so I didn't know what to do," said Bopara of his last ball dismissal.
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