Pakistan in England 2010 July 13, 2010

Bell ruled out of Pakistan Tests after breaking foot


Ian Bell has been officially ruled out of England's Test series against Pakistan after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his left foot while fielding during the second ODI against Bangladesh.

"Ian underwent a routine operation last night on the fractured metatarsal in his left foot," said the ECB's chief medical officer, Nick Peirce. "He will now undergo a course of rehabilitation that will see him ruled out of the upcoming Pakistan Test series.

"We expect Ian to make a full recovery but his participation in the NatWest Series against Pakistan in September will be reviewed in due course once he has made significant progress with his rehabilitation programme."

Bell suffered the injury when he dived for an attempted catch in the 10th over of Bangladesh's innings. He limped off the field at the end of the over and was taken to hospital in an ambulance for assessment before returning to the ground on crutches.

"I went up for a catch and felt pain as soon as I landed," Bell said. "I knew straight away I'd done something serious. This is obviously extremely disappointing for me. I had worked very hard to get back into the England squad and had felt in good touch.

"As a professional sportsman I accept injuries happen and it is now up to me to work closely with the ECB medical staff and Warwickshire on a rehab programme that will get me back playing as soon as possible."

Injuries never come at a good time, but for Bell this is an especially cruel blow after he had managed to establish his Test credentials over the last six months. He bounced back from the brink of being dropped against South Africa with a century at Durban and a match-saving 78 at Cape Town.

He has since continued his liking of Bangladesh bowling with a century in the second Test at Dhaka in March and another at Old Trafford earlier this season. On his recall to the one-day side at Trent Bridge two days prior to the injury, he struck a Man-of-the-Match 84 not out to guide England to a six-wicket victory.

Bell's absence from the Test side could mean another opportunity for Eoin Morgan who was expected to make way after his two games against Bangladesh with Paul Collingwood set to slot back into the middle order. The other option for the selectors would be to considering experimenting with a five-man bowling attack with a strong feeling that England will need that balance at some point during the Ashes.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on July 15, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    @Phani Rajeev Peddi: I understand your frustration at the lack of comments and the lack of upcoming talent. What can I say? Maybe, the focus of the BCCI on ODI's and the IPL have conditioned the bowlers for short bursts that don't have to be accurate. Maybe the audience demand for the shorter form of the game has helped this situation. But I do agree with you that India does look short of good bowling options beyond Zaheer (who is not going to be around for tests for much longer) and Sreesanth (who is still learning his craft and trade). It is sad that India will not be quite the test force they have been recently; I believe it is good for the game to have ALL formats and as many teams as possible in each format who can provide quality cricket and entertainment.

  • Clive on July 14, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Desperately bad lack for Bell. And us. I was looking forward to a couple of beautifully crafted centuries against Pakistan from England's classiest batsmen.

  • Simon on July 14, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    Real shame for Bell, who was looking like he was finally ready to silence the eternal doubters. Feel very sorry for him, and wish him a swift recovery. England are in the unusual situation of having good depth though, with Trott, Morgan, Bell, Bopara and others all competing for 2 batting spots (or perhaps even one, if we ever find the enterprise to play five bowlers). Guess Trott will probably bat at 3, with Morgan at 6, which will be interesting to say the least, given what the Pakistani quick have just done to the Aussie batting line up. Could be a tough series for Morgan - is his technique up to Asif moving it both ways? We may well find out...

  • Jackie on July 13, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    There is a longer report on the Telegraph website if anyone is interested with an up to date interview with Ian Bell. The break was worse than feared and needed an operation, but, strangely, this will speed up the recovery time as a pin has been inserted into the bone.

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    It is hard to understand why people comment about players and their injuries. I strongly believe no player intentionally gets injured. I see people commenting about the Aussies and the English, please take a look at the Indian team. We are missing players through injuries every tour,but ALAS no comments on them. Atleast the Aussies and the English have the bench strength to replace their star players. What abt India? There are no bowlers to replace Zaheer Khan and Sreeshanth for the upcming test series against Sri Lanka. The bowling options look pathetic. I guess Iindian selectors chould have chosen RP Singh instead, he atleast has exp in test matches.

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Not sure of why Werner Blomberg is mocking injuries - I've played league cricket too and getting a fracture, whether on a pothole ridden field or a "snooker table" smooth lawn(I've played on both and much in between come rain or shine) is never a laugh... I hope Ian is soon fully healed and fit again - we'll need him for The Ashes. His misfortune is Morgan's chance and I hope he takes it as competition for places is healthly.

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Werner Blomberg - if you claim that international cricketers are soft, I wonder if you pub players are as committed to fielding as a player like Bell? He was leaping up to a ball way out of reach and landed awkwardly. He is one of England's best and most energetic fielders, never one to shirk running that bit harder, jumping that bit higher or diving to take a catch or save a run.

    There's nothing soft about Ian Bell. I wish him a speedy recovery. England needs him!

  • Upender on July 13, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Bell is a complete rubbish.Time for the South Africans to send some replacements.

  • George on July 12, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    A real shame for England and Ian Bell - he was in fine form & Pakistan are one of his favourite opponents.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    werner - what are you chatting about? i've seen people get horribly injured playing amateur cricket, and to break a tiny bone in your foot is not hard.

    This'll be a great opportunity to see if Morgan has the goods.

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