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Bell ruled out of final ODI

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September 3, 2014

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Ian Bell has been ruled out of the final one-day international against India at Headingley with the fractured toe he sustained in the warm-up to the fourth game at Edgbaston.

Alastair Cook confirmed that Bell would have retained his place in the side at Edgbaston had it not been for the injury which was caused when he was batting in the nets. Gary Ballance took his place at No. 3 and Bell's absence for the final match means it is likely he will earn another chance on his homeground. There will be no replacement called into the squad.

Bell, therefore, finishes the season with 226 runs in eight one-day internationals with two half-centuries, which currently makes him England's second-highest scorer in a format where they have struggled losing both series against Sri Lanka and India. He had already been dropped from the Twenty20 squad for Sunday's fixture after a brief recall earlier in the season against Sri Lanka.

He began the summer opening the batting in ODIs, continuing a settled pairing with Cook, but moved down to No. 3 against India after the call-up of Alex Hales.

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Posted by JG2704 on (September 5, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

@CodandChips on (September 5, 2014, 8:38 GMT) re management making changes - I'd say it is the management that needs to be changed before we consider the player changes

Posted by CodandChips on (September 5, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

@JG2704 Part of the reason for leaving out Tredwell is he is guaranteed a place for the World Cup so it's not a necessity to look at him today. Also if he doesn't play we are more likely to get another thrashing and force the management to make changes that we need.

Re Anderson yeah I'd have rested him for this series but he insists he's able to play so why argue.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 5, 2014, 8:22 GMT)

@CodandChips on (September 5, 2014, 7:14 GMT) Why not have a look at Ali and Tredwell in the same team? Teams like India go in with at least 20 overs of spin wherever they're playing and there's a reason for that. Look at the last ODI series in Australia and look at the top ERs for both sides - there's a theme here. Surely Jimmy needs a rest much more than any player on view here

Posted by CodandChips on (September 5, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

@JG2704 Simply a rotation thing. I like Tredwell, a lot. I was concerned about him after the home series vs Australia last year but since then he's put those concerns to bed. I just wanted to have a look at Ali, and on a pitch where 2 spinners might be unnecessary, not picking Tredwell for a game would force Ali to bowl a lot of overs to get a proper look at him.

Don't worry, I wouldn't competemplate dropping Tredwell.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 4, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

@CodandChips on (September 3, 2014, 19:47 GMT) Please explain why you're even thinking about not having Tredwell in the side?

Posted by   on (September 4, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

Bring Kevin peterson back into attack..!!! definitly team can gain positive result in ODIs !!

Posted by   on (September 4, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

Bell & Cook should be retire in limited over cricket. They are still good in test cricket and they have focus to win next year Ashes rather than the world cup...

Posted by   on (September 4, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

India win because English selector puting same set of plyers in odi too.If u have no option than its fine but if u have option than its called blunder.Cook is not aggressive captain. Why English selector would not picking Bopara,Owais shah and samit patil evenly tremlet in the one day squad .Bopara is a excellent middle order player.He has both Technic,he will play both defensive and attacking game same story about shah after England loss trott for some reason he is the best replacement.He has attacking technic and both players can bowl bit of medium pace with tight line and length.But most important thing is they are first batter than bowler.So my playing 11 of fourth one day is samit patel,moin ali,Morgan(captain),Bopara,shah/root,butler,hales,tradewell,bresnan/tremlet finn and aderson.if morgan is out of form so i give option to morgan to go number3 and play shots.And andreson use as a contain bowler in odi.

Posted by IrvingPhillipFreely on (September 4, 2014, 1:01 GMT)

Probably not the worst thing that could have happened to England.

Posted by CodandChips on (September 3, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

Bell is England's best player of spin but has hardly been prolific in ODIs recently. When was his last hundred? How often does he bat 30 overs? If he's doing neither, he ought to score quicker.

So the squad hasn't been changed unfortunately. But the team can be.

Drop Cook. Encourage Hales to play his natural game. Move Ali up the order as he did ok in the West Indies.

Give Jordan another chance. Bring in Tredwell for Anderson if another spinner required.

Hence next game: 1.Hales 2.Ali 3.Ballance 4.Root 5.Morgan 6.Buttler 7.Jordan 8.Woakes 9.Tredwell/Anderson 10.Finn 11.Gurney

Of course my pre-series-selected squad to win the world cup was: 1.Hales 2.Lumb/Bell 3.Taylor/Root 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Bopara 7.Jordan 8.Broad 9.Tredwell (Briggs) 10.Gurney 11.Anderson/Finn

But I guess after this series the places of a few players are at risk, while probably Ali, and possibly Woakes, have been better than I've thought. Re Ali he was better in the West Indies than I gave him credit for.

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