Pakistan in England 2010 July 13, 2010

Bell ruled out of Pakistan Tests after breaking foot

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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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  • 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.

  • demon_bowler 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_w 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...

  • jackiethepen 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

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

  • george204 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • demon_bowler 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_w 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...

  • jackiethepen 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

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

  • george204 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.

  • 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.

  • on July 11, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    I have a problem here, a big one. These test players get injured over the slightest thing ...a broken ankle?..on those lawns in England?...Give me a break. Any pub player or league player in lowest leagues must be laughing. We play on the worst grounds in the world...pot holes and cow crap all over on fields that have never seen a roller and hardly a blade of grass on the surface and we never break or fracture anything. We fall and roll and leave half our blood and skin on these fields and we don't complain or fracture anything saturday afte saturday and to hear these test players getting Groin injuries and back spasm and broken fingers is frankly insulting and i frankly find it rediculous.

    What are these players made of ? Sticks?.

  • on July 11, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    lets see what they can do

  • on July 11, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Bell is the good commited batsman. His record is good against pakistan but it's bad luck of England and good luck for pakistan.

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 11, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    its hard to believe how many english and australians get injured after every series.....

  • rawr94 on July 11, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    I know what Bell is going through too. I broke my 5th metatarsal in my left foot while running nearly 2 months ago and only recently have I been able to run. I wish him well, because it's a bugger of a thing to break.

  • Munkeymomo on July 10, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    This is a real shame, he was looking really good. Wish him well, really could have used him today! Congrats to Bangladesh though. @wanderer1: I dont really think someone needs to come all the way over from SA, there's enough Proteas replacements playing county cricket for us to choose from!

  • Desihungama on July 10, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Bell is the kind of player whose wicket Pakistan bowlers cherish. He'd been consistently good against them and him being out definately advantage Pak.

  • PKRathore on July 10, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    well said wanderer1.............

  • on July 10, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    I lyk it Morgan Wil get his well deserved chance..

  • wanderer1 on July 10, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    They'll be on the phone to Cape Town for a replacement. No harm done.

  • on July 10, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    This could be gate pass for Ravi Bopara :P

  • on July 10, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    Will he bat today's match? If no, then Eng are in real trouble.

  • on July 10, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    I feel Belly's pain I've broken my fifth met. on the right foot. playing squash three weeks ago damn painful walkable but still painful

  • on July 10, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Bad Luck. He was in fine form too :(.

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  • on July 10, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Bad Luck. He was in fine form too :(.

  • on July 10, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    I feel Belly's pain I've broken my fifth met. on the right foot. playing squash three weeks ago damn painful walkable but still painful

  • on July 10, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    Will he bat today's match? If no, then Eng are in real trouble.

  • on July 10, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    This could be gate pass for Ravi Bopara :P

  • wanderer1 on July 10, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    They'll be on the phone to Cape Town for a replacement. No harm done.

  • on July 10, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    I lyk it Morgan Wil get his well deserved chance..

  • PKRathore on July 10, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    well said wanderer1.............

  • Desihungama on July 10, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Bell is the kind of player whose wicket Pakistan bowlers cherish. He'd been consistently good against them and him being out definately advantage Pak.

  • Munkeymomo on July 10, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    This is a real shame, he was looking really good. Wish him well, really could have used him today! Congrats to Bangladesh though. @wanderer1: I dont really think someone needs to come all the way over from SA, there's enough Proteas replacements playing county cricket for us to choose from!

  • rawr94 on July 11, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    I know what Bell is going through too. I broke my 5th metatarsal in my left foot while running nearly 2 months ago and only recently have I been able to run. I wish him well, because it's a bugger of a thing to break.