Ian Bell, England’s highest run-getter in ODIs has announced retirement from ODI Cricket but insists that he has plenty to offer in Test match Cricket.
England have changed their entire look in the ODI set up after the poor run they had in the World cup. They were pretty successful against the World cup finalists New Zealand winning the ODI Series 3-2 couple of months back in their own backyard. However, the ECB dropped the experienced players like Ian Bell, James Anderson and Stuart Broad and opted for Young guns.
Ian Bell retires from the 50-over format as comfortably England’s record run-scorer in the format with 5,416 runs at 37.87 from a 161-match career. He scored four centuries – the last of which came against Australia in Hobart in January this year – and 35 fifties since making his debut in 2004.
“To sit here now as a five-time Ashes winner with the urn safely back in our hands is an amazing feeling, and something I struggle to put into words. But it’s taken a hell of a lot out of me, that’s for sure,” Bell wrote for Metro
“For that reason I’ve decided now is the right time to officially stand down from international one-day cricket and put all my focus and attention on my Test career.”
Bell targets the next Ashes series in Australia in 2017-18, as his likely swansong from Test cricket.
“I would love nothing more than to go to Australia in two years’ time and right the wrongs of our last Ashes tour there,” he said.
“I’ve also been asked if I would like to become the first ever English six-time Ashes winner and the answer is yes, absolutely. If I’m playing well and feeling fit, that is without a doubt my goal.”
“Playing cricket for England means absolutely everything to me but I also know what it takes to be successful at the very highest level,” wrote Bell.
“I spoke with (coach) Trevor Bayliss, (assistant coach) Paul Farbrace and (Test captain) Alastair Cook in the aftermath of the Oval Test. We had a really good talk and I was as honest as I could be.
“Deep down, though, I think I probably knew I wasn’t ready to call time on my England Test career. I still have that hunger and desire. The day you don’t, is the day you step away.”
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