Ian Bell has been controversially dropped from the side that will take on Pakistan during the One Day leg of the England team’s tour of the United Arab Emirates.
Bell’s contribution towards the England One Day team has been in decline for a period of time now, and the selectors have decided it is now time to give opportunities to some new players.
Jos Buttler is expected to fill Bell’s space in the order, as he has shown with his stint with the England Lions that he is not fazed by the pitches in the sub-continent, as he scored big runs at an impressive strike rate for them against a Sri Lanka A side.
This is a new setback for Bell, who was in terrible nick during the recent Test series against Pakistan, making very few runs and being made to look fairly silly thanks to Saaed Ajmal.
Bell is widely considered one of the best players of spin within the England team, and coming off the back of a prolific Summer, he was expected to be one of they key components of England’s batting order against Pakistan.
However, he struggled severely, and his miseries were summed up when in his last innings he was dismissed to a rank long hop from Umar Gul, a ball which deserved to be smashed for 4 ended up being spooned straight to point.
Bell will be looking to regain some form again during the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, as otherwise his place in the middle order may be up for debate when the English Summer arrives. It might be time for him to buy cricket equipment and start practicing at home!
A player with Bell’s talent and undoubted talent should be in the England side, but the selectors cannot go on previous form for too long before it becomes an issue.