Bell finally comes good in India

December 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm 1 comment


Ian Bell put to bed an erratic year in Test whites with a fantastic century to steer England to a 2-1 series victory against India this week. Coming into day five of the fourth Test needing to see out the draw, Bell showcased his patient side in a neat 116 from 306 balls.

While England rightly celebrated their first series win on Indian soil in 28 years, Bell will secretly be relieved he managed to contribute when it finally mattered. For Bell has not had the best of series after failing to score more than 28 in five previous innings before that ton.

He lost his place as sixth man after the first Test in Ahmedabad, falling for a duck and 22. Recalled for the third in Kolkata he made just 33 combined and his single in the first innings in Nagpur suggested this was a man out of form. In his column for Betfair Michael Vaughan suggested Bell could soon be out of the side.

Yet that composed 116 guided the England ship home, enough to earn the draw that was always in danger of slipping away from the tourists should India step up a gear.

Bell will be further pleased when considering his poor performances for the England Test side in 2012. He was part of the order that fell for just 72 all out against Pakistan in January and made just 51 in the three-match series. Yet an impressive three half-centuries against West Indies when England needed him most proved Bell’s durability in this side and meant he kept his place for the South Africa series.

Two half-centuries against the Proteas wasn’t really enough on home soil and Bell’s place was under severe threat with the emergence of Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and the eventual return of Kevin Pietersen.

Yet Bell kept plodding away and rightly deserves credit for his century in this final Test of the year. 2013 will be a real marker of Bell’s ability, however, with a number of players competing for places for the back-to-back Ashes series (follow the link for cricket tips ahead of the Aussies’ arrival next summer).

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  • 1. live score  |  December 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Well when all of your team mates are doing well then it happens automatically that you also perform well and same is the case with Ian Bell all of his team mates are doing well and it seems like it’s a dream come true for England in this tour of India and all of them are enjoying it very much.

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