West Indies in England 2012 June 11, 2012

Flower looks to World Cup with Bell

After seemingly being moved aside from the one-day side earlier this year, Ian Bell now has another chance to cement a role as opener following Kevin Pietersen's retirement
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Andy Flower has backed Ian Bell's experience and quality to make a success of his recall to England's one-day International side.

Bell will open the batting in the series against West Indies that starts at West End on Saturday, with Flower admitting the selection has been made with more than an eye to the next World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

As recently as February, it seemed Bell's limited-overs international career might be over when he was dropped from the squad to play Pakistan in the UAE and England won the four-match series 4-0. Now, however, with Kevin Pietersen having retired from limited-overs internationals and a recent adaptation to ODI playing regulations meaning that a new ball is used from each end at the start of games, England have decided that Bell has the best all-round game to cope with the demands of the position.

"Ian Bell is a very experienced cricketer, even though he's only 30," Flower said. "He's got a lot of international experience and he's in great form. He is very confident at the moment.

"With the two new white balls we want great quality batsmen up front and he is one of those. We believe the man who has got the best chance of making it a success against two new white balls is Ian Bell. He's really good quality. We believe he can form a successful partnership with Alastair Cook. Of course there are alternatives and we've considered them very carefully but I'm really excited to see him take up that challenge."

Bell's recall will not be universally welcomed. He has enjoyed copious previous opportunities - he has played 108 ODIs; 28 of them as opener - without ever absolutely replicating the confidence and dominance he has shown in domestic limited-overs cricket. Overall he has averaged 34.04 with a strike-rate of 73.31 in ODIs, with one century and 19 half-centuries, while as opener he has averaged 33 at a strike-rate of 70.69 with five half-centuries.

Whichever way you look at it, there is room for improvement and it is asking a great deal of him to step into the considerable shoes vacated by the retirement of Pietersen, who has an ODI average of 41.84 and a strike-rate of 86.76.

England are not looking for Bell to try to emulate Pietersen's methods, though. Instead they hope that by giving him time to settle in the opening position, he will prosper with his own style. Bell has rarely enjoyed a settled position in the side. He has batted at every position except No. 8 and No. 10 - though he has batted at No. 3 47 times - and has often hinted at his class without producing many match-defining performances. His ability to open, and the fact that the England squad already contains several relatively inexperienced players, saw him preferred to the likes of Ben Stokes and James Taylor.

Flower admitted that, had England been facing more ODI games in Asian conditions, they might have opted for a more explosive option at the top of the order and conceded that the selectors had considered opting for a young man.

"On the sub-continent we would obviously consider whether we go with the same personnel up front," Flower said. "But there's a lot of time between now and the next sub continental one-day cricket.

"The World Cup in Australia was definitely on our mind. We had to weigh up whether to get someone younger than him in. But we think he's the best option for us and he's only 30 years old. It is safe to assume he will open. We don't want him to do a similar job to Pietersen we want him to be Ian Bell and play great international cricket."

Andrew Strauss also welcomed Bell's recall. While admitting that he no longer had any input into the selection of the ODI side, Strauss referred to Bell as "one of the best players in the world" who can "adapt to any form of the game".

"This might just be the opportunity he needs to cement his place in the one-day side," Strauss said. "I think we all know his quality and it's great for him to be back in that one-day set-up.

"He has shown plenty of times that he is capable of doing a very good job in one-day cricket, maybe he just hasn't had that one breakthrough innings that really grabs the game by the scruff of the neck and wins it for England. I think once he does that the world is his oyster. He's such a fine player that he can be up there with the very best."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • zenboomerang on June 14, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I can understand the selectors looking at Bell (but not agreeing), he has done OK in the past & with KP missing, he shouldn't bother the setup - he may just be a fill in for this summer?... Looking at some of the young guys coming through for India (&SL) in the tri-series in Oz, they could be the team to beat in 2015 - some very explosive players that are match winners... I feel that England should be looking for at least 1 or 2 such players before they can win a WC in OD'ers...

  • zenboomerang on June 14, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Many talking about 2 new balls & the Oz bouncy pitches for the 2015 WC... WACA & Gabba sure, but Adelaide, Bellerive, Manuka, SCG, MCG are not in the same league... You also forget that many of the matches will be played in NZ which are closer to Eng pitches without as much bounce & some of the grounds much smaller...

  • JG2704 on June 13, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    @jackiethepen on (June 13 2012, 10:02 AM GMT) If Buttler , Bairstow etc get the opportunities that Bell has had in the OD arena - what is it 100+ with only 1 century and the worst strike rate and 2nd worst average for those who have played more than 10 games then I'd be the 1st to say that these guys don't cut it. As I said before , if Bell was still batting at the same SR but averaging similar to Trott or if he was averaging low to mid 30s but with the strike rate of KP or Morgan then that would not be so bad , but Bell is neither the glue or the acceleration in the OD side. If Ravi couldn't bowl then I'd not feel so bad about Bell being in instead of him but he does.

  • Meety on June 13, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas/JG2704 - I have watched quite a few of Bell's ODI innings & they often involve sweet timing, cruising to the 20s & 30s at a reasonable S/R, gets bogged down for 3 or 4 balls then tamely chips into the covers or lofts down the throat of the outfielders. Whilst in Tests I mainly have only seen him against Oz, (feel that he can get out that way too), his performances are of a much better standard. I think he is clueless to what he needs to do, so I acknowledge he still has it in him to play consistantly good ODI cricket, I just feel 100+ matches he should of done so by now. I really think it's about planning about how to go about things & be prepared to go thru a tough period where you may only score 3 or 4 runs off 20 balls, getting out then only makes that scenario worse. @glance_to_leg - a lot of people will agree with you. For me, as well, Tests are the supreme format, however for me I love ODIs as well, a long way in front of 20/20-baseball.

  • jackiethepen on June 13, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    It's all very well having the power to attack but you have to stay in. The young ones being mentioned aren't there yet in international cricket. Bairstow, Stokes and Buttler have been shown up. Can you imagine bowlers having a crack at them? They are all young, plenty of time for them to improve. India was a fiasco. If KP had been in the same frame of mind it may have been a repeat performance in the Emirates. But he was demob happy. It was the end for KP when Cook was appointed captain. Bell has been used as a reserve for the last year and a half. You can't flourish like that. Dobell harps on his past opening stats. When was that? Pre-2009 except for one solitary game at the end of the world cup. Loads of fans were against Bell's recall to Test cricket. Remember? He averages 61 since his recall, higher than anyone in the side during that period. Impressively he's got his form back through hard work. He came in twice under pressure. Good job we didn't rely on Bairstow.

  • JG2704 on June 13, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    @Meety on (June 13 2012, 03:45 AM GMT) - In the 1st WI test JTP was getting excited about Bell helping run out Bravo and didn't even mention the wickets Broad was getting. Just so you know what you're up against

  • JG2704 on June 13, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas on (June 13 2012, 05:39 AM GMT) bud , I've watched plenty and am still waiting

  • jmcilhinney on June 13, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    @glance_to_leg on (June 12 2012, 23:49 PM GMT), there's not really care and there's not really care. You, like many people, take great pains to post comments against a story on a topic that you say that you don't care about. The people who really don't care are not even reading the story. I love Test cricket and if I could only watch one format then Test cricket would be it. If England were to remain middle of the pack in ODIs and never win a WC then I wouldn't be unhappy. That said, I still watch ODIs andthe more of them that England win the happier I am. Personally, I'd probably rather watch a 50-over game than a 20-over game too. Maybe the balance between all-out attack and building an innings is one of the points of interest. 50-overs also gives the bowlers a bit more a chance to actually attack rather than concentrating on stopping the batsmen doing so.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 13, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    @JG, alright mate. Just wait and watch what Bell's going to do. You will see it.

  • Meety on June 13, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    @jackiethepen - the PMs XI game, the Oz side had players who hadn't played List A or FC games at the time. The pitch was a road. In the first T20 game, he hit (from memory) 3 boundaries off the outside edge (thick) thru point, where funnily enuff, C White had 3 fielders within about 10 metres of each other, the ball split them. In the ODIs he averaged 22 against Oz. The unfortunate problem for Bell & other England batsmen is that the Domestic List A competition is only 40 overs an innings which means that batsmen don't build innings too well in a 50 over environment. It's interesting as I maintain one of the fundamental reasons England have done so well in Tests is that a decade or so ago, County cricket went back to 4 day matches. Batsmen then had the opportunity to bat a whole day rather than going for quick runs. Despite what I think is obvious, the ECB still haven't clued up (yet, although I think they are discussing) the move for the domestic List A comp to be 50 overs!

  • zenboomerang on June 14, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I can understand the selectors looking at Bell (but not agreeing), he has done OK in the past & with KP missing, he shouldn't bother the setup - he may just be a fill in for this summer?... Looking at some of the young guys coming through for India (&SL) in the tri-series in Oz, they could be the team to beat in 2015 - some very explosive players that are match winners... I feel that England should be looking for at least 1 or 2 such players before they can win a WC in OD'ers...

  • zenboomerang on June 14, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Many talking about 2 new balls & the Oz bouncy pitches for the 2015 WC... WACA & Gabba sure, but Adelaide, Bellerive, Manuka, SCG, MCG are not in the same league... You also forget that many of the matches will be played in NZ which are closer to Eng pitches without as much bounce & some of the grounds much smaller...

  • JG2704 on June 13, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    @jackiethepen on (June 13 2012, 10:02 AM GMT) If Buttler , Bairstow etc get the opportunities that Bell has had in the OD arena - what is it 100+ with only 1 century and the worst strike rate and 2nd worst average for those who have played more than 10 games then I'd be the 1st to say that these guys don't cut it. As I said before , if Bell was still batting at the same SR but averaging similar to Trott or if he was averaging low to mid 30s but with the strike rate of KP or Morgan then that would not be so bad , but Bell is neither the glue or the acceleration in the OD side. If Ravi couldn't bowl then I'd not feel so bad about Bell being in instead of him but he does.

  • Meety on June 13, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas/JG2704 - I have watched quite a few of Bell's ODI innings & they often involve sweet timing, cruising to the 20s & 30s at a reasonable S/R, gets bogged down for 3 or 4 balls then tamely chips into the covers or lofts down the throat of the outfielders. Whilst in Tests I mainly have only seen him against Oz, (feel that he can get out that way too), his performances are of a much better standard. I think he is clueless to what he needs to do, so I acknowledge he still has it in him to play consistantly good ODI cricket, I just feel 100+ matches he should of done so by now. I really think it's about planning about how to go about things & be prepared to go thru a tough period where you may only score 3 or 4 runs off 20 balls, getting out then only makes that scenario worse. @glance_to_leg - a lot of people will agree with you. For me, as well, Tests are the supreme format, however for me I love ODIs as well, a long way in front of 20/20-baseball.

  • jackiethepen on June 13, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    It's all very well having the power to attack but you have to stay in. The young ones being mentioned aren't there yet in international cricket. Bairstow, Stokes and Buttler have been shown up. Can you imagine bowlers having a crack at them? They are all young, plenty of time for them to improve. India was a fiasco. If KP had been in the same frame of mind it may have been a repeat performance in the Emirates. But he was demob happy. It was the end for KP when Cook was appointed captain. Bell has been used as a reserve for the last year and a half. You can't flourish like that. Dobell harps on his past opening stats. When was that? Pre-2009 except for one solitary game at the end of the world cup. Loads of fans were against Bell's recall to Test cricket. Remember? He averages 61 since his recall, higher than anyone in the side during that period. Impressively he's got his form back through hard work. He came in twice under pressure. Good job we didn't rely on Bairstow.

  • JG2704 on June 13, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    @Meety on (June 13 2012, 03:45 AM GMT) - In the 1st WI test JTP was getting excited about Bell helping run out Bravo and didn't even mention the wickets Broad was getting. Just so you know what you're up against

  • JG2704 on June 13, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas on (June 13 2012, 05:39 AM GMT) bud , I've watched plenty and am still waiting

  • jmcilhinney on June 13, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    @glance_to_leg on (June 12 2012, 23:49 PM GMT), there's not really care and there's not really care. You, like many people, take great pains to post comments against a story on a topic that you say that you don't care about. The people who really don't care are not even reading the story. I love Test cricket and if I could only watch one format then Test cricket would be it. If England were to remain middle of the pack in ODIs and never win a WC then I wouldn't be unhappy. That said, I still watch ODIs andthe more of them that England win the happier I am. Personally, I'd probably rather watch a 50-over game than a 20-over game too. Maybe the balance between all-out attack and building an innings is one of the points of interest. 50-overs also gives the bowlers a bit more a chance to actually attack rather than concentrating on stopping the batsmen doing so.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 13, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    @JG, alright mate. Just wait and watch what Bell's going to do. You will see it.

  • Meety on June 13, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    @jackiethepen - the PMs XI game, the Oz side had players who hadn't played List A or FC games at the time. The pitch was a road. In the first T20 game, he hit (from memory) 3 boundaries off the outside edge (thick) thru point, where funnily enuff, C White had 3 fielders within about 10 metres of each other, the ball split them. In the ODIs he averaged 22 against Oz. The unfortunate problem for Bell & other England batsmen is that the Domestic List A competition is only 40 overs an innings which means that batsmen don't build innings too well in a 50 over environment. It's interesting as I maintain one of the fundamental reasons England have done so well in Tests is that a decade or so ago, County cricket went back to 4 day matches. Batsmen then had the opportunity to bat a whole day rather than going for quick runs. Despite what I think is obvious, the ECB still haven't clued up (yet, although I think they are discussing) the move for the domestic List A comp to be 50 overs!

  • balajik1968 on June 13, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Interesting. Let us wait and watch. However KP's shoes will be big ones to fill. The English lack a player with serious big hitting capacity. This will hurt them, particularly when almost all other teams have them. Cook and Trott are both class players. So is Bell. However, none of them is capable of seriously hitting the gas pedal, when it becomes time to accelerate. England need a classy player who can hit big to have a realistic chance of winning. They cannot do with pinch hitters. Pinch hitters is an idea whose time is long gone.

  • on June 13, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    I am all for free speech and opinions but Anderson a better player of spin than Bell! Is this guy from another planet!

  • glance_to_leg on June 12, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Am I alone in not really caring any more about 50 over cricket? Test cricket remains for me the true game, with great narrative sweep, the chance for real character to shine, and the possibility for endless twists and turns. Twenty over cricket, however, is hugely exciting. 50 over cricket is, well, just dull. Indeed, one of the problems with 50 over cricket (at least in this country) is no one seems quite sure whether it is really supposed to allow batsmen the opportunity to play an innings, or whether the goal is to be explosive throughout. This is one reason I am so sad that KP - of whose personality I am no fan, but whose batting remains as exciting as that of anyone I have seen, with the possible exception of Richards - has been lost to 20:20 simply because he (quite correctly) could not see the point of playing one day matches.

  • JG2704 on June 12, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas on (June 12 2012, 17:44 PM GMT) Mate - I think we agree on one thing and that is that KP's boots are hard to fill. The thing with Bell is Yes he has all the shots , the skill level and all the attributes to be a successful OD player but the thing is time after time after time he has not done it in the OD arena. Also as if Gayle retired from WI odiS/t20s would you replace him with Shiv and if Sehwag did the same for India would you bring in someone like Ganguly? We already have plenty of accumulators (Trott,Bell,Bopara). Even Trott scores faster than Bell as does Cook and both have much better averages too and while Bopara is slightly worse average wise his SR is slightly better plus he's shown progress , plus he can bowl some useful overs. It wouldn't be SO bad if Bell's SR was not so good but he was averaging well or vice versa but he's been doing neither We need an attacking , fearless batsman and Bell is not that

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 12, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    People who are suggesting little Jonny boys and buttlers ahead of Bell are fogetting the significant point that two new balls will be used from each end. Add the fast and bouncy tracks of Australia to the equation, you will definitely want to have somebody as accomplished and skilled as Bell at the top of your order. It's a simple choice. Seems very complicated for some pundits though! I'm glad England is at last prepared to give Bell his due.

  • fieldy56 on June 12, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    I know that cricket is a profession, but it is also an entertainment. If I had bought tickets in advance for ODIs I would feel robbed. I certainly won't be paying to watch this Test side, masquerading as a one day side. Luke Wright, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and James Taylor are EXCITING to watch...still can't erase the memory of Bell's approach in the 20/20 for 20 in the Caribbean!

  • fieldy56 on June 12, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    I WOULD FEEL ROBBED IF I'D BOUGHT TICKETS FOR THE ODI MATCHES! I KNOW IT'S PROFESSIONAL SPORT, BUT IT IS ALSO ENTERTAINMENT. LUKE WRIGHT, BEN STOKES, JOS BUTTLER AND JAMES TAYLOR ARE EXCITING, THIS SQUAD RESEMBLES A TEST SIDE AND I CAN NEVER GET OUT OF MY HEAD BELL'S APPROACH TO THE TWENTY TWENTY FOR TWENTY IN THE CARIBEAN!!

  • samincolumbia on June 12, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Bell's selection is a perfect fit with England's brand of ODI cricket - boring!

  • getsetgopk on June 12, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    England have a great chance along with SA to win the next WC, Bell though poor on slow placid tracks but is amazing on bouncy fast wickets, to go with one of the best bowling attack, Eng have a real chance to win one finally. Its undoubtedly the best England team ever.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 12, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    I wonder how many times Cook has to prove himself for people to stop saying that he is not a force to reckon with in ODIs! Have some sense folks. That dude Cook has been leading from the front in ODIs at the top of the order. Thank God, ECB knows better than the Cook naysayers.

  • RandyOZ on June 12, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    The batting talent must be wafer thin if Bell can make it back into the side. 1 single ODI century. Surely there are more South Africans in the ranks?

  • Qdzy on June 12, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Andy Flower should give a chance to the younger players. Joe Denly, Craig Keiswetter, Steven Davies and the like...If ECB are going to have a policy of tying the limited overs formats they might as well have specialist Test players, Bell is Test player. They have enough stocks /depth. #forcryingoutloud

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on June 12, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @Selassie-I... totally agree! Cook has proved himself as good as anyone in the world since opening the ODI team as captain. The sad thing is that Strauss was in similar form and also scoring at a strike rate of 90+ when he retired - a decision that never ceases to perplex me. He should have stayed as a player and just left the captaincy to Cook - they could have continued their impressive Test performances but at their newly-found super-charged ODI strike rates! I've never rated Bell (or Trott!) as an ODI player but maybe Strauss and Cook's examples can let him finally prove that class can be transferred from one format to another.

  • Rehan_Ahmed on June 12, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    bell cant resist his bad form till the WC2015 :P

  • the_wallster on June 12, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Several points to make on why this is such a fine decisoin. Firstly, that Ian Bell's dismal record stems from a time when he was primarily playing at number 6. Any fair-mined cricket follower will know this is no place for a batsman of his quality. Secondly, the most comparable player to Ian Bell is Mahela Jayawarene, who comes in at 3 for Sri Lanka. Jayawaredene's SR is marginally better than Bell's over his ODI career. Third point to make is that Bell's original record came at a time when he was struggling most in his career. And the final point is that Bell can move through the gears in ways that Cook and Trott could never do. He plays shots all round the ground. He'll make this position his own.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 12, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    There's no question that Ian Bell is all class, sheer timing and elegance personified. Thank God Andy isn't mentioning little Jonny boy, Buttler and Keiswetter as KP's probable equals. Bell is an absolutely fantastic batsman in his own class just like KP. I can watch Ian Bell bat the whole day without blinking. I don't think there's a better timer of the ball than Ian Bell in world cricket today. I welcome his entry into England's ODI Squad though I would urge ECB and KP to arrive at a compromise.

  • anur8g on June 12, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Bell is a good choice for opening

  • stormy16 on June 12, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    "one of the best players in the world", "adapt to any form of the game" - presumably this is a differnet Bell who played for Eng in Winter! While I like the idea of Bell opening, the concern for Eng is the top three of Bell, Cook and Trott dont really come accross as a winning combo for one dayers. Flower however does have a point on the two new white balls and next WC in Aus - does require players of the calibure of Bell, Trott and Cook. May be its changing around again to the old fashioned way of being conservative up front and attacking at the end.

  • on June 12, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Bad Selection Stokes,Butler,Taylor Would Have Been A lot Better Choices Then Ian Bell......

  • on June 12, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    I think this is a mistake, and that the top 3 looks pretty limited in terms of striking ability, they'd be leaving too much for Morgan, Bairstow etc with too much to do down the order. Bell's had enough chances to prove himself and, unlike Bopara or Cook he has not shown an improvement in any position in one day cricket. Bopara, Davies, Keiswetter or Hamilton-Brown would all be better openers than Bell, but if Bell is to be persisted with that does leave doubts over Trott at 3, and while he is an extremely dependable batsman, he can't be relied upon to advance the total and run rate if he's provided with a good platform, whereas Bopara, Taylor or even Stokes have the ability to do that

    Simply put Bell should not be in to open the batting, and if he is, him, Cook and Trott would be far too slow as a top 3, and would be leaving Morgan, Bairstow et all too much catching up to do down the order.

  • Selassie-I on June 12, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Also, with odi's I think that Bell, cook and Trott have the potential to lay a good platform, with ODIs it is key to do that, it's much better to be 150-1 after 30 overs than 220 for 6/7 so the middle order can push at the end rather than relying on your tail to bat all the overs beacuse the top order have all been caught on the boundry!

  • Selassie-I on June 12, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Not entirely sure about the Bell selection, maybe taylor would have been better but it's Bell's (Last) chance to establish himself in the team. In terms of the people that are hving a go at Cook's record, do you even watch the games or read about them? he now averages over 40 at 80+ srtike rate, over the last 12 months he's averaged 50+ witha 90+ strike rate, if that's not good enough for you I don't know what will be!! That's better than Sanga,Jayawadene for career averages and over the last year better than Tendulkar, Kallis and Gayle, but I guess you'd be screaming for these players to be dropped too!? he's had a chance and proved himself over a year, people should at least try to get off his backa bit and support him!

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 12, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    KP didn't want to retire from T20s. Silly ECB forced him to because he wanted to retire from ODIs. Just let him choose what format he retires from and the problem is solved!

  • vak1997 on June 12, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    top 3 for england: cook,bell, trot, top 3 for wet indies: gayle, smith, darren bravo just compare, slow vs fast...! WI can put pressure on the English bowlers...!

  • JG2704 on June 12, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith on (June 12 2012, 00:34 AM GMT) Mate , I don't feel I'm anti Bell like yourself but I do feel this is probably thee most annoying selection I've seen from Flower. I didn't realise how many ODIs he had opened for England so that kind of plays down the arguments for those who say he'd be a different animal if he opened. If he markedly improved by opening then surely he'd have nailed that spot by now. It's bad enough losing KP but this is worse still

  • JG2704 on June 12, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @Kapil Dave on (June 11 2012, 19:18 PM GMT) Not sure I agree with JT but can I just say , I think your user name is magnificent

  • JG2704 on June 12, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    @MattyP1979 on (June 11 2012, 23:50 PM GMT) I'd actually say he is an overrated player in ODIs. Check out his stats and compare them to other guys at the top

  • JG2704 on June 12, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    @ HusseyFan on (June 11 2012, 22:19 PM GMT) I don't think Cook's ODI record is so bad , but surely if you are losing an aggressive batsman at the top you want someone who gives you that aggression to replace him with. You may be right in having a different ODI coach

  • JG2704 on June 12, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (June 12 2012, 02:52 AM GMT) Bell has the worst SR of Cook,Trott,Bopara and only Bopara has a worse average. I would keep Bopara in because he can bowl some tidy stuff and Trott and Cook both outdo Bell on averages and SRs. I thought your suggestion of Hamilton Brown the other day was excellent and I'm surprised you agree with going back to a guy who usually fails and eats up overs scoring slowly in this format

  • sony_sr on June 12, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    bell, cook, and trott at the top of the order in odi??? seems like a poor decision.

  • the_blue_android on June 12, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    while I think my favorite test cricketer Cook is the best test batsman at the moment and Bell is an awesome test player, I'm pretty confident we're going to see a score board of England 226/0 of 50 overs vs Opponent 227 in 35 overs..pretty soon..

  • on June 12, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    They must bring James Tayler!!! Raw Talent!!! I love to see him playing International Cricket at No. 4!

  • sweetspot on June 12, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    England planning for ODIs is scarily similar to India planning for Tests. Both are not serious and don't really believe in doing it, but are stilll going through the motions.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on June 12, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    completely support bell choice.he can be told to just play authentic shots upto 43 overs. Still dont like cook and trott's choice. Though these are seaming conditions, young talents like butler and ben stokes can do the job. You need one hitter at the top and surrey's hamilton-brown will be a good choice because though he is a tonker he has good balance. This is best XI: Bell, Hamilton-Brown, Ben Stokes, Bopara, Kieswetter, Morgan, Patel, Bresnan, Swann, Broad, Finn or Dernbach

  • Patchmaster on June 12, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    I think it's a huge backward step. Bell has a proven record of not going on to score big runs. He has had more chances than any other ENG cricketer I can ever remember. He is possibly the worst player of spin in the ENG side, Jimmy Anderson plays spin better than Bell. We already know this, so why is he now being 'tried out' ?. Bairstow, Bopara or Kieswetter are the men to go at the top of the order.

  • Yasassri on June 12, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    'Paul Collingwood' missed out 'One Day' team due to performances in Ashes 'Tests'. He should have get proper chance just based on his One Day record.

  • VillageBlacksmith on June 12, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    ''Bell's recall will not be universally welcomed. He has enjoyed copious previous opportunities - he has played 108 ODIs; 28 of them as opener''.... We have seen it all before with Jelly Belly. He just can't cut it. A terrible selection, like recalling Hick...In 108 odis Jelly has only ever scored ONE ODI TON, KP scored two in his last 2 games!! His strike rate is glacial, his scores are woeful and he was rightfully dropped. Now he is back opening! What a fiasco, no wonder we never do anything in odis.

  • MattyP1979 on June 11, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Eng are no.1 in tests and 20/20, but we seem to have a mental block when it comes to 50 over cricket. Well lets hope we improve and make it 3 out of 3. As for Bell a underated player and should serve us well in all formats.

  • yorkshirematt on June 11, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    @navjot2000 I agree, and I think England do realise this as ODIs are the least important format for us. If we had an option to never have to play another ODI again I think we'd take it. Everyone knows ODIs will die long before test cricket. Just look at the crowds, or rather lack of them, for the India v England series last year. This was in India where ODIs are massive.

  • GHemrajani on June 11, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Someone please tell Andy Flower that One day cricket is not the same as Test Cricket! While India team chooses players like Gautam Gambhir or Yusuf Pathan, Andy Flower opts for Bell. Andy Flower's coaching record in test cricket is equally opposite to his record in one day cricket. Openers Bell and Cook dont even have a chance in the subcontinent with their strike rates. ECB please stop evaluating Flower's performance on Test cricket alone. And get a separate coach for One day cricket just like you have separate captains for each format. Plan to Win the World Cup and not just participate!

  • JG2704 on June 11, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    I'm really disappointed with this decision and to me this is a huge backwards step. If Bell had been unable to perform for England in ODIs when he was on fire in test cricket , how is he meant to suddenly be good at this format now. He's only just started getting back into nick after a horrid UAE/SL tour. What happened to giving the likes of Buttler a run. He has had very few games for England and when he has played has come in so far down the order that he's been in a no win situation. As a Somerset fan I'm half glad that we'll keep him though. I liked one of the commentors idea of Rory Hamilton Brown coming in. I'm still not convinced by Cook as a captain either. In an ideal world I think the Surrey pair of RHB and Davies solves the opening partnership and WK issues in one move

  • jackiethepen on June 11, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    KP the dasher played very poor ODI cricket for the last two years - notwithstanding his finale Series with two tons. The truth is that KP did not want to play ODI cricket and his performance reflected that. He shone in T20 and he should be allowed to continue playing in that form of the game. Bell came back from being dropped - and the accident with his broken foot - to wonderful form in the Ashes. He played well in two T20 games against Australia and against The Prime Minister's XI in a one day game, particularly well against Brett Lee - in all three games opening the batting. That was the last chance he got at the top of the order until England's last game in the world cup. He's not a middle order player in one day cricket. There's lots of great touch players in ODIs in world cricket and Bell can be one of them.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 11, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    I think Bell will be a good selection he can score rapidly around the ground with his variety of shot selection. Also it has always puzzled me why Matt Prior isn't picked he is a very destructive batsman and a great pair of gloves, I suppose if it prolongs his test career that may be the reason

  • jr2012 on June 11, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    England can't play ODIs how much more time do they need to realize this. They don't have the mental strength and technique to play ODIs, maybe they shud look into poaching one or two Saffers during the coming season when the springboks visit.

  • on June 11, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    james taylor should get chance a very promising attacking batsmen rather then bell who has got the class but not the the power to attack which peitersen did have.

  • on June 11, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Chance for Bell to prove himself once again in ODI's after a decent home series against India last year...............

  • Nadeem1976 on June 11, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    so now Ian bell the crawler will replace the KP the dasher. KP has destroyed england plans and chances of wining WC in 2015. You cannot make a old fashioned batsman bat like aggressive in ODI at all. It's not T2020 its still ODI and i don't think Ian bell is good replacement at the top of the order. He can be very good in middle order.

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  • Nadeem1976 on June 11, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    so now Ian bell the crawler will replace the KP the dasher. KP has destroyed england plans and chances of wining WC in 2015. You cannot make a old fashioned batsman bat like aggressive in ODI at all. It's not T2020 its still ODI and i don't think Ian bell is good replacement at the top of the order. He can be very good in middle order.

  • on June 11, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Chance for Bell to prove himself once again in ODI's after a decent home series against India last year...............

  • on June 11, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    james taylor should get chance a very promising attacking batsmen rather then bell who has got the class but not the the power to attack which peitersen did have.

  • jr2012 on June 11, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    England can't play ODIs how much more time do they need to realize this. They don't have the mental strength and technique to play ODIs, maybe they shud look into poaching one or two Saffers during the coming season when the springboks visit.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 11, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    I think Bell will be a good selection he can score rapidly around the ground with his variety of shot selection. Also it has always puzzled me why Matt Prior isn't picked he is a very destructive batsman and a great pair of gloves, I suppose if it prolongs his test career that may be the reason

  • jackiethepen on June 11, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    KP the dasher played very poor ODI cricket for the last two years - notwithstanding his finale Series with two tons. The truth is that KP did not want to play ODI cricket and his performance reflected that. He shone in T20 and he should be allowed to continue playing in that form of the game. Bell came back from being dropped - and the accident with his broken foot - to wonderful form in the Ashes. He played well in two T20 games against Australia and against The Prime Minister's XI in a one day game, particularly well against Brett Lee - in all three games opening the batting. That was the last chance he got at the top of the order until England's last game in the world cup. He's not a middle order player in one day cricket. There's lots of great touch players in ODIs in world cricket and Bell can be one of them.

  • JG2704 on June 11, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    I'm really disappointed with this decision and to me this is a huge backwards step. If Bell had been unable to perform for England in ODIs when he was on fire in test cricket , how is he meant to suddenly be good at this format now. He's only just started getting back into nick after a horrid UAE/SL tour. What happened to giving the likes of Buttler a run. He has had very few games for England and when he has played has come in so far down the order that he's been in a no win situation. As a Somerset fan I'm half glad that we'll keep him though. I liked one of the commentors idea of Rory Hamilton Brown coming in. I'm still not convinced by Cook as a captain either. In an ideal world I think the Surrey pair of RHB and Davies solves the opening partnership and WK issues in one move

  • GHemrajani on June 11, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Someone please tell Andy Flower that One day cricket is not the same as Test Cricket! While India team chooses players like Gautam Gambhir or Yusuf Pathan, Andy Flower opts for Bell. Andy Flower's coaching record in test cricket is equally opposite to his record in one day cricket. Openers Bell and Cook dont even have a chance in the subcontinent with their strike rates. ECB please stop evaluating Flower's performance on Test cricket alone. And get a separate coach for One day cricket just like you have separate captains for each format. Plan to Win the World Cup and not just participate!

  • yorkshirematt on June 11, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    @navjot2000 I agree, and I think England do realise this as ODIs are the least important format for us. If we had an option to never have to play another ODI again I think we'd take it. Everyone knows ODIs will die long before test cricket. Just look at the crowds, or rather lack of them, for the India v England series last year. This was in India where ODIs are massive.

  • MattyP1979 on June 11, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Eng are no.1 in tests and 20/20, but we seem to have a mental block when it comes to 50 over cricket. Well lets hope we improve and make it 3 out of 3. As for Bell a underated player and should serve us well in all formats.