England news September 19, 2010

Bell recalled to England one-day squad

Cricinfo staff

Batsman Ian Bell, who scored a century in Saturday's CB40 final, has been added to England's squad for the remaining two one-day internationals in the NatWest Series against Pakistan.

Bell has not been part of the England set-up since breaking a bone in his foot while fielding during the second one-day international against Bangladesh at Bristol earlier this summer. He has since recovered from the metatarsal injury, scoring 107 off 95 balls in Warwickshire's victory over Somerset at Lord's.

"It's fantastic to have him back in the squad," Andrew Strauss, the England captain, said. "He wasn't in originally because we weren't sure about where he was in his recovery and he needed some cricket for Warwickshire. He's played very well and strengthens are squad to give us more options batting wise."

Bell made a successful return to the one-day squad in the first match against Bangladesh, where he struck an unbeaten 84 to seal victory at Trent Bridge but was soon back on the sidelines after his injury at Bristol. With England's impressive one-day form it's a battle to find a place in the line-up, especially with Kevin Pietersen to return, but Bell feels he is now coming into his prime.

"I'll just keep working as hard as I can to get in the side in one-day cricket as well as Test cricket," he said. "I feel I'm improving all the time. I'm desperate to keep improving because at 28 the best years are still to come.

"It's been great to be back on field. When I did the injury the England guys and the specialists erred on the side of safety," Bell added. "The surgeon suggested eight weeks off, I probably could have played after seven but was it worth risking it ahead of aus? Probably not.

"So hats off to the ECB - Kirk Russell [the physio] and Nick Pierce the doctor got it right in terms of giving myself enough time but also getting some cricket under my belt."

Paul Collingwood, who missed the third one-dayer at The Oval with a virus, trained with the squad on Sunday at Lord's and is likely to be available. Strauss confirmed that Bell wasn't in as cover and will stand an equal chance of being selected.

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  • A on September 20, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Once again Pakistan is responsible for bringing the game of cricket - a game founded on fairness and decency into disrepute.

    Why is there a fould stench when Pakistan is involved in a series?

    Why are there so many Pakistani so-called cricket 'supporters' so happy to soak up that foul stench?

    To those floundering on justifying the unjustifyable, as a suggestion, why not stop going round in circles looking for the slightest justification to latch on to. Accept that 3 test players have been sent packing because of overwhelming match fixing evidence and that the Sun brought an issue to the ICC about the last ODI which they are duty-bound to investigate.

    Take responsibility! Accept that something is rotten in your state of Denmark and shout out that you want Butt and anyone else dragging your name through the mud fired immediately. Start up a Facebook campaign. Shout it out on Twitter. "Butt must go!" "Give us back our game!" "We want fair cricket not corrupt cricket!"

  • Syed Akif on September 20, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    For once i agree with the way ejaz butt has reacted.. If suspicion and hearsay from various sources is anything to go by.. he is absolutely right to say one should investigate the way england's thick batting order collapsed and did not take the powerplay rather then scrutinizing the 'scoring patterns' of the pathetic pakistani batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    First ov all ,how can u call dis team an english team ?????????????? well 10 out of 20 contracted players belongs to 4 different countries namely SAF 4,PAK 3,IRELAND,SRI nd IND 1 each ... nd these include players (Pietersen , Trott ,Eoin morgan , Bopara ,Owais shah,Kieswetter,Ajmal shahzad ,Adeel rasheed , Sajid mehmood ,Mascrenhas,Lumb) nd 7 of them played the final which they(united nations) recently won after decades... so u can call it a *UnitEd NATION* TEAM playing using the tag of england .... But at the time i feel sorry 4 english cricket administration also ( wat could they do),they are fed up ov watching english players loose in da wcups constantly since 1975 ....:D .... dis shows how talented *english players* are dat dey didnt win a wcup using 11 *PURE* englishmen ...

  • naeem on September 20, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Four countries in the cricket need to be watched closely for match fixing and spot fixing India,Aus,South africa,and Sri lanka.everyone think that in Sharja Pakistan was beating india becaz they were good but truth need to come out.Sri lanka winning over everyone was brilliance.South africa VS west indies 1996.south africa and australia in 1999 world cup.south africa and india in 2oo0/1 champion trophy in nairobi.India vs NZ 2000/1 champion trophy.west indies VS south africa champion trophy 2002/3.Pakistan vs south africa in sharja 2000,agian pakistan vs south africa sharja 2000 final.pakistan vs south africa 2000 singapore.sri lanka vs aus 1999 colombo.sri lank vs aus 1999 colombo final.sri lanka vs aus 2002 champion trophy semi final.india vs aus 1997/8 final triangl series.India vs aus 2007/8 finals

  • Asif on September 20, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    I mean I just need the answers for the following questions from some one who believes pakistanis are involved in spot fixing > why the video was released after the incident occur > why there is no pakistani player shown in that video > why some will pay for the no balls even in the test cricket ? > what about the umpires comments about the NO ball > why ICC immediately stopped the umpires to give any comment before the investigation is completed > if so why ICC suspended the players even they were accused and no proof yet > whats the logic of starting investigation without even informing to PCB (last one day)


    I wish there should be some one to ask these questions to ICC.

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    UK media and Indian media believe that they can ruin Pakistan's cricket and ICC is basically an incompetent organization. ICC pounced on a newspaper report and Indian media because of its innate bias and prejudice towards Pakistan embellished the story to turn into "Spot Fixing" Sensation.

    PCB needs to sue ICC and name Sarhad Pawar as the man with his enmity towards Pakistan.

  • Danish on September 19, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    O SUN & NOTW and Dear ICC get ready and open your eyes,,,hurry up tomorrow Pakistan will bat and bowl as well, and definitely Kamran and Hafeez open the innings,,,shoiab do 1st over,,score will be 250 plus ,,oh yes Afridi is their captain,, and please dont even think to see or chase any English cricketer,they are OK,,just focus on pakistanis,, dont disappoint the whole world because they are waiting for your new RUBBISH stories,,,so I inform u mr Loagrat dont sleep tomorrow watch the match....

  • Dre on September 19, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Always enjoyed watching Bell play, he's a real touch player. Hoping he is now over his "shermanator" days lol and is ready to fulfill his potential for yrs to come.

  • waqas on September 19, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    @chapelau.. considering the current form n their latest scores against pakistan, we would prefer if england plays with cook , pietersen and colligwood rather then davies, bopara and wright.bell is still to b seen but cook scored only 1 hundred in his 8 innings n pietersen scored 82 with 3 chances n collingwood is still to play any mentionable innings in this series. and davies, bopara and wright have already played one inning each to make them stay in side.so i dont think u can say england collapsed becoz u didnt have cook kp n collingwood . but may b davies n wright were able to score becoz there were no amir n asif in the side????

  • waqas on September 19, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    very well said godoftheoffside. u just said wat we expect from u that whenever any other team collapses its genuine n whenever pakistan lose from a winning position its fixed.lol because ur players r all human n they can make mistake n they can collapse under pressure but pakistani players r robots n they dont feel any pressure so they cant collapse.if james anderson can reverse swing its art n if umar gul does it its tampering.if morgan throws away his wicket its just a bad shot but if ball hits the stump after hitting kamran akmal's pads it was utterly calculated n he was paid by bookies to do that.if artherton is tampering the ball he is only checking how hard the leather is n afridi bites the ball he is a cheat.cronje , gibbs, azharudin, jadeja,boje,warne n mark waugh were all under black magic when they accepted that they fixed matches.bopara and luke is a collapse waiting to happen but afridi's run out was exceptionally well designed by afridi because he was payed by bookies.wow

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