Friday, February 3, 2012

Bell Fit Enough For Third Test

The Betvictor review shows how England's batsmen have come under criticism for their poor displays in Abu Dhabi in the test matches with Pakistan, but they haven't been helped by a stomach bug that Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, and Ravi Bopara have all been victim of.

Going into the third test it looked like Bell would be absent from the wicket but he has fortunately recovered from the upset and completed practice with the rest of the team yesterday. 
This is England's first test as Crickets number one ranked test team in the world and they have so far felt the strain, having already surrendered the three match series after heavy defeats in the first two games against bwin odds.

So the fact that Bell, Bopara and Trott are all fit enough to go into the third test means England have a great chance to try and finish the series on a high and avoid a whitewash that looms over the squad.

The Warwickshire batsman Bell, has missed a few days practice session but England are confident that he will be in good enough health to face Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

"Bell was laid low yesterday but he's back practising today," said England captain Andrew Strauss.
Stomach problems are an occupational hazard for England teams in the Asian subcontinent, and appear to be just as much of an issue in the Middle East."

"It's one of those things that happens on a different tour of a different country, different foods and everything," Strauss added.

"You've got to make the best of the situation and try and avoid it happening to you. The other 10 have to step up for 24 hours, until they get better."

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