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New Essex deal for Bopara

England international Ravi Bopara has signed a new one-year contract with his county side, Essex.

Bopara's new deal ensures he will still be at the club during the 2014 season.

The 28-year-old all-rounder is currently involved in the England limited-overs set-up - he was recently named in ODI and T20 squads to face Australia in the New Year - but has failed to win his place back in the Test team.

Bopara, who made his Essex debut back in 2002, said: "I am delighted to have signed a new contract with the club for a further year.

"I was pleased with how my season went in 2013 both domestically and internationally for Essex and England, respectively. I am now looking to continue this form into the new season with Essex where we can hopefully win some silverware."

Last season Essex narrowly missed out on promotion to Division One of the LV= County Championship, while they were beaten in the semi-finals of the county Twenty20 competition.

Essex head coach Paul Grayson added: "Ravi has committed to a further year with the club and showed again last season why he is such an important and valuable player for us.

"We know that one of his key aims is to be playing international cricket with England but when he's in an Essex shirt, he has shown what a devastating player he can be.

"He will of course continue to be a key member of the team next year and I hope he will carry on his form across all formats of the game."