'Warne dominated the mental battle in my early career'

Ian Bell on the best bowler he has faced, tactically and mentally

Producer: Jarrod Kimber

July 28, 2013

Posted by garibaldi on (July 29, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

@gtr800: yes, well, Smith really dominated him in the last test, dismissing him twice for a mere 183 runs... I think it's a nice, honest interview, and you only have to look at Bell's recent record (especially against Australia - he averages 56 agains them in the last 5 years) to see what a turnaround he has made. Good for the England selectors and management for spotting his talent and sticking with him - I think this approach of giving players a fair run in the team is one of the reasons why England are so much more successful than in the awful 1990s.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (July 28, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

What an amazing turnaround, Bell isn't just the most aesthetically pleasing, most textbook batsman in the world today, he has great fortitude. He has overcome the early part of his career to build an outrageously fine legacy. 20 test hundreds and he pummels the Aussies every time they meet. An absolute legend of a player.

Posted by gtr800 on (July 28, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

Love it! Bell comes out with Warne dominating the mental battle early in his career. More like all throughout Warne's career. Bell's record against leg spin is exceptionally bad. Even Steve smith has got him out a fair few times. Tips for the 3rd test Australia!

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