The third test at Southampton has so far been dominated by the English men. There were some mammoth knocks made by Cook, Balance and Bell. And on that note, Ian Bell has dedicated his great century against India to his grandfather, who passed away recently. His grandfather passed prior to the second Test between England and India at Lord’s. Bell admitted of the fact that it was an emotional moment for him when he got to the centurion mark at Southampton in the second day of the test.
It was not only a great century from Bell but also was a strong come back for him as he suffered with his form recently and failed to impress by his performance since the Ashes. Bell scored a mammoth innings of 167 runs off 256 deliveries which involved 19 fours and 3 sixes.
Bell claimed that it was his grandfather who used to take him to cricket when his mother and father were busy with their work schedules. He also admitted that he received a stern support from his grandfather for playing cricket. He said that it was indeed a very upsetting moment for him but he was able to come out from it and he feels happy to have scored a century for his grandfather in the very next test.
Bell struck 3 tons in the Ashes, 2013 but his form dropped considerably after that. Also, England did run through a bad patch and they have lost 5 of their last 9 matches and drew the remaining ones. Prior to the Southampton test, Bell averaged just over 25 which gives an impression of his struggle and an innings like that was very much needed both for him and his team. Recently, in the series against Sri Lanka Bell completed his 100th test.
With the aid of the ton of Bell, England managed to set a total of 569 runs on the board after which they declared their innings.