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Wanted: Ian Bell, sublime artist

Jul 22, 2015: Someone who repeatedly has to prove himself despite playing over a hundred Tests, his recent stats do not make for good reading. Here's hoping he has a bit of magic left in him

Rob Steen

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Ballance most vulnerable after England blown away

Jul 19, 2015: England weren't just beaten, they were blown away. The selectors will not want to show signs of panic but none of the struggling batsmen should be surprised if they are dropped

George Dobell at Lord's

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Two very different Englands

Jul 19, 2015: England had been to the mountain top in Cardiff, and without even enjoying the view they toppled straight back down at Lord's

Jarrod Kimber at Lord's

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Ashes Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Top-order trapeze act puts England in peril

Jul 17, 2015: Too often have England been three down for not many and this time Joe Root was unable to provide the safety net

George Dobell at Lord's

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff, 3rd day

Bell's counterattack keeps good vibes flowing

Jul 10, 2015: Even just a few months ago England, having lost two early wickets in their second innings, might have gone into their shells. It was nothing of sort in Cardiff to ensure the exemplary work of the bowlers was not wasted

George Dobell in Cardiff


Fifteen wickets fall as Test rattles along

Jul 10, 2015:

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff, 3rd day

Bell finds his touch as Australia are set 412

Jul 10, 2015: England were bowled out for 289, setting Australia 412 to win as the first Test of the Investec Ashes moved swiftly on

The Report by David Hopps

The Investec Ashes 2015 - stats preview

Australia's overseas challenge

Jul 7, 2015: For the first time in Ashes history, the overseas team hasn't won a single Test in two successive Ashes series of five or more Tests. Can Australia break that sequence?

S Rajesh

The Investec Ashes 2015

Bell's Ashes rollercoaster

Jun 28, 2015: Ian Bell is the one England player remaining from the heady summer of 2005, but that great series is not all fond memories for him

David Hopps

Durham v Birmingham, NatWest T20 Blast, Chester-le-Street

Bell outdoes Stokes in Birmingham win

Jun 6, 2015: Ian Bell rarely misses an opportunity to shine when available for his county and his 90 off 65 balls guided the Birmingham Bears to a seven-wicket win


New Zealand in England 2015

Bell, Ballance and Moeen worries ahead of Ashes

Jun 3, 2015: A stunning fightback at Lord's as followed by a performance at Headingley which reminded how much work remains for England, but the captain was back in fine form

George Dobell

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

England search for elusive ruthlessness

Jun 2, 2015: There are seven young or inexperienced players in this England team. Inconsistency is inevitable. They are going to require patience if they are to fulfil their potential

George Dobell at Headingley

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 4th day

Moeen, catching among England's problems to solve

Jun 1, 2015: ESPNcricinfo looks at the dilemmas facing the England selectors in the coming weeks

George Dobell at Headingley

New Zealand in England 2015

NZ present settled side as Bell shows sympathy for Pietersen

May 14, 2015: The most striking aspect of the Investec summer launch came in the contrast between Ian Bell's understandably guarded responses, and the utter relaxation of Grant Elliot, nevertheless taken aback by the headlines around English cricket in the past 48 hour

Andrew Miller

England in West Indies 2015

Anderson leads yet again but woe for Mo

May 4, 2015: The series against West Indies showed England what they already knew: trouble with a second opener, a paucity of spin options and the importance of James Anderson

George Dobell

England in West Indies 2015

More toil likely as England hunt 20 wickets

Apr 19, 2015: England's Test attack from Antigua was given a day off on Sunday and the same quicks are likely to face more hard work in the second Test with them unable to find much movement

George Dobell in Grenada

West Indies v England, 1st Test, North Sound, 1st day

Astute Bell reaps rewards of patience

Apr 13, 2015: Batting in Test cricket remains as much about the shots you don't play as those you do and it was Ian Bell's judgement at the crease that set the foundation for England's domination

George Dobell at North Sound

West Indies v England, 1st Test, North Sound, 1st day

Classy Bell hundred puts England in control

Apr 13, 2015: Ian Bell's 22nd Test hundred helped England recover from a difficult start in Antigua and end the opening day of the series in the ascendency

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

Afghanistan v England, World Cup 2015, Group A, Sydney

England underwhelm one last time

Mar 13, 2015: The flaws were still visible in England's win over Afghanistan but to blame the coach and the players does not go far enough - the whole ECB structure needs addressing

George Dobell in Sydney

England v Scotland, Group A, Christchurch

Morgan backs Bell's cautious approach

Feb 23, 2015: England's captain Eoin Morgan expressed support for Ian Bell's understated role in a Woirld Cup record opening stand with Moeen Ali as England saw off Scotland comfortably in Christchurch

David Hopps
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