Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood skulk around patiently

Ian Bell made 132 and Paul Collingwood 80 in England's drawn tour match against South Australia. Neither player was entirely certain of his Test place at the start of the tour, despite Bell averaging 47.66 and Collingwood 41.08. Now that Marcus Trescothick has returned home, both seem certain to start the first Test.

Marcus Trescothick is pretty much irreplaceable, but both these players deserve their place in the side, so 'every cloud' and all that. Both have a point to prove against Australia, however. During the last series, Ian Bell seemed to make a conscious decision to leave any of Shane Warne's deliveries that were straight and on the stumps. This was a bad ploy. Paul Collingwood played just the final Test, where he scored the finest 10 in living memory.

Along with Alastair Cook, Australia will look on these two as the weak links in England's batting line-up, but that might not be the case. Paul Collingwood is England's most adcaptable and determined batsman - one who has earned his place in the side in the truest sense. Ian Bell is arguably their classiest. In front of us is a copy of Indian magazine The Sportstar, dated April 6, 2002. Inside is an article about Ian Bell being the answer to England's problems at number three. It's been a long time coming, but he's still only 24 and his best years are unarguably ahead of him.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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Blogger Mahinda said...

Personally, I'd like to see Ian Bell go on to a glorious Test career, almost singlehandedly retaining the Ashes for the next ten years.

Then, hopefully, the powers that be at Edgbaston will name an "end" in his honour. That'd be GREAT.

10:54 am  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

An excellent idea only slightly marred by the large 'GREAT' which has made us hum the Frosties tune.

All together: "They're gonna taste grea-eat. They're gonna taste grea-eat."

11:43 am  

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