What was less enjoyable was the crack in the visor as he tried to hook Fidel Edwards, after earlier hooking the pace bowler to Jerome Taylor who dropped the catch.
Bopara needed ice-pack treatment and wore sunglasses after the game to cover up bruising under his right eye.
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"I felt as though I was a little early on it and it arrived afterwards and went straight into the grill, jarring it into the cheek," he said.
"I wouldn't say it affected me, I think it's one of those things you accept as a batter. You are going to get hit now and then especially in Test cricket when you have someone bowling around 90mph," he said.
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