One of the most dependable batsmen of the English squad, Ian Bell ran through a rough patch since late 2013 but lately he in the third test against India, Bell was able to regain his form totally. He scored a mammoth knock of 167 runs to poise England in the driver seat. England won the third test comfortably by a margin of 266 runs. And lately, Bell credited Graham Gooch, who according to Bell helped him to his return to scoring form.
Prior to the third test at Southampton, Bell went to Gooch to seek some help from him with the aim to recover from his bad patch with the bat. Bell admitted that there was Neil Abberley with whom he discussed few things regularly. But he took this step of consulting a former English batsman and it came out quite well for his part.
As a result of the poor performances of England in early 2014, Gooch had to loose his job in April, 2014. Being asked on why he chose Gooch to take help from, Bell stated that Gooch does one-on-one net sessions incredibly well and also he never goes through motions. Also Gooch has the quality of putting one under the pump and at the sametime, he does not get technical or over-complicated. Gooch ensures that a batsman is in the right frame of mind.
Bell also liked Gooch’s advise to always look for scoring runs and not to survive at the crease. Bell also stated that both of them exchange text messages regularly. Also, he pointed that whenever Gooch is free, Bell never misses to have some cricketing sessions with him for couple of hours.
On being asked about the Pushgate controversy, Bell said that all of the English team members avoided that discussion in the dressing room to keep things calm.
He also claimed that the incident might have increased the bonding between the English cricketers. He also said that Jimmy is a crucial pacer for the squad and he could well be the game changer for the final two tests.