Bell moving on up

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Ian Bell is relishing his opportunity to move up the England batting order in the absence of Kevin Pietersen.
The talented Warwickshire batsman stepped up from number five to deputise at three for the injured Jonathan Trott in the last two npower Tests and has been asked to operate at number four in the one-day series, with Pietersen rested.
The 29-year-old has filled a number of roles in England's limited-overs set-up in recent years, and is happy to continue doing so in the second match of the series against India at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.
"It's nice to have the opportunity to bat up the order," he told Sky Sports News.
"I see myself being flexible in the one-day side, whether it's opening or batting at four or six I have to adapt and it's a strength of my game that I can do that.
"It's a good indication of the strength of the squad that somebody like KP can be rested and we still have an order to compete with the best teams in the world. The longer we can have that, the better."


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