June 7, 2012

West Indies in England, 2012

'I want to get back into the one-day team' - Bell

Siddhartha Talya

Ian Bell, writing in the Independent, says he wants to play all formats for England and that Kevin Pietersen's decision to quit one-day cricket is a credit to Test cricket.

You go back in history and look at the records of the great players. We've seen Viv Richards here as a commentator for this series: a legend of the game and the sort of player you can measure yourself against. Twenty20 just doesn't have the same kind of kudos. One year, someone will hit the ball out of the ground, but the next, there will always be someone who comes along and can hit it further, so it's such a short-term thing.

In the Daily Mail, Nasser Hussain writes England are right to rest James Anderson for the third Test against West Indies.

The decision to not go in to the third Test with a full-strength squad may indicate that England have one eye on the South Africa series, says Mike Selvey in the Guardian. He adds the move also allows other seamers to make a case.

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