KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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England have added Saturday’s Clydesdale Bank 40 Final hero Ian Bell to their squad for the fourth One Day International, under lights at Lord’s on Monday 20 September.
The 28-year-old captained Warwickshire to a three wicket win over Somerset on Saturday, leading from the front with a magnificent innings of 107 – a knock he rated as one of his best.
Bell broke his foot in an ODI against Bangladesh earlier this summer but has been in vintage form since returning to the fold for his county.
He made a half century in the CB40 semi-final against Yorkshire at Scarborough on Saturday 11 September to help The Bears to the final and followed it up with 104 against Hampshire in the County Championship.
Bell has played 81 ODI’s so far, making one century and 16 half-centuries at an average of 36.67.
The two-time Ashes winner faces a struggle to re-establish himself in an ODI batting line-up which has helped England to No.2 in the World Rankings and is grateful for his chance to make an impression at Lord’s.
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.
“I'll just keep working as hard as I can to get in the side in one-day cricket as well as Test cricket.”