Flower backs Bell as opener

June 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment


As the cricket bets ahead of England’s test series against the West Indies continue to roll in, Andy Flower has thrown his support behind Ian Bell.

The batsman prepares to open the batting for England in their one-day series against the Carribean side.

The Warwickshire right-hander has replaced the recently-retired Kevin Pietersen in the 50-over side, with the West Indies series the first chance for Bell to re-establish himself as an integral part of the one-day side.

Bell is the only change to the side that clinched a 4-0 series victory against Pakistan in February, stepping up following Pietersen’s somewhat surprising decision to retire from one-day cricket.

Bell’s style is very different to that of Pietersen, however, and it remains to be seen whether or not England will be able to cope without the raw power at the top of the order.

Flower, meanwhile, has insisted Bell doesn’t need to adapt his game to be more like Pietersen at the top of the order, making it clear the batsman brings enough to the side to warrant his inclusion.

“It is safe to assume he (Bell) will open,” Flower said.

“We don’t want him to do a similar job to Pietersen, we want him to be Ian Bell and play great international cricket.”

“He’s a very experienced cricketer, even though he’s only 29 or 30. He’s got a lot of international experience and he’s in great form, very confident at the moment.”

The 30-year old has struggled to consistently score runs on the one-day stage, and those who regularly tune in to watch live cricket online  will know that this series against the West Indies could well be one of his last chances to cement his place in the team.

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