Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bell is Back

There has been plenty of criticism directed at Ian Bell, over the past couple of seasons, but now the talented batsman is starting to reproduce the form that made him a vital cog in the England machine.

The betting with indicates that Bell could be a linchpin in England’s success, this summer. 

The Warwickshire star showed on Tuesday at The Oval, in the eight wicket ODI win over the West Indies, that he is back in good touch, as he was able to establish a superb opening partnership with Alastair Cook, earning a half-century in the process.

Bell has bided his time in the county game, and has even made the effort to turn out for the England Lions to regain his form, but it just took something to get him back into the England limelight.

Kevin Pietersen’s strange decision to call time on his England career in the shorter forms of the game to focus on Test matches was the opening that Bell needed and, at the moment, he is grasping it with both hands.

It is easy to take all the acclaim when things are going well, but to go through the poor spell he endured, to then come back and play as if he had never been away, must be applauded.

The England supporters seem to be happy Bell is back and scoring runs for his country for that very reason, as it is fully deserved, and does raise questions about KP’s commitment to the national side and the game in general.

With a busy summer of cricket, which includes a one-day series with Australia and a Test campaign against South Africa, Bell is coming into form at the right time, and can now push on, with the next Ashes series edging ever closer.

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