At a time when the Englishmen are struggling to face up to the Indian pace attack, Ian Bell is scoring in bulks. The veteran batsman made a stylish 204 against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay. On Thursday, Bell went past the magical landmark of 20,000 first-class runs.
It was Bell’s fourth hundred in the ongoing County Championship, and none of the other batters has been able to match-up to him. The in-form batter also revealed he is open to making a comeback in national colours. And his statement made fans chant for his recall.
Ian Bell open to a comeback
“I’m happy. I’m playing well, I’m moving well and enjoying my cricket, and the expectation and drive is here,” Bell told BBC WM after his marathon 204 effort.
“Who knows what the next 12 months holds? [If England call] I’m sure I’ll answer the phone,” he said.
The timing of the knock couldn’t have been better, as the England side lost the third Test to India and their batters failed to put up a single 50 in the first innings of the 4th Test. The hosts have conceded a lead and are now at backfoot.
The right-hand batsman has played 118 Tests so far and was involved in the famous rivalry again Australia in Ashes. Bell has scored 7727 runs at an impressive average of 42.69.
Bell has 46 fifties and 22 tons under his kitty. A poor 2017 season forced him to think about quitting the sport but time away from the game helped him. Ian Bell has scored 871 runs in the ten games he has appeared this season. He averages 62.21 and has been helping his side post solid totals. Looking at the current situation, the return of Ian Bell seems viable, and it happens, the England fans would cherish it.