Ravi Bopara has targeted a period of T20 dominance for Sussex after signing a new deal.

It will take him into at least a third Vitality Blast campaign with Sharks.

Contract lengths are generally not disclosed in county cricket.

But the new deal underlines Sussex’s commitment to the shortest format they play.

After a below-par 2020 as he settled in, Bopara has shown his T20 expertise for Sharks this term and been a big part of their progress to another quarter-final.

The 36-year-old has scored three half-centuries in this summer’s campaign, with 228 runs on total at an average of 38.

He also has seven wickets with an economy rate of just 6.76 runs per over.

Boapar said: “The past couple of years have been very different to what I had expected when signing for Sussex, but thanks to everyone at the club I feel very at home now.

“JK (coach James Kirtley) and the rest of the coaching staff have been brilliant to work with this season and hopefully we are on the verge of something special with our Blast quarter final coming up.

“I am hopeful that this could be the start of a period of dominance for the Sharks in the T20 competition and that’s something I want to be part of in the years to come.”

Bopara is now focussing on short format cricket.

He was with London Pride in The Hundred last night as they pulled off their first win by shocking Manchester Original at Old Trafford.