Bangalore, March 01: One tie and the English are having their tail up. According to Ian Bell, the English side is now confident enough to beat any side, reported a local daily.At Bangalore on Feb 27, England managed to hold India to a tie in what was a match full of riveting performances and swinging fortunes.
The New Indian Express quoted English batsman Ian Bell as saying, “We were chasing 338 and I do not think so many teams in the past would have done that. We have got the quality in bowling and we were 100 per cent right in our fielding too. We can be a threat to the other teams in the World Cup if we start playing collectively as a group. As a team we can match anyone."
On the reprieve that he got while still at 17, Bell was quoted as saying, “I did not know whether the rule existed. To be honest, it is strange, if you see the Hawk-Eye saying it is going to hit the stumps. I saw it pitching in line and hitting the stumps."
In the seven-match ODI series before the World Cup, England had lost 6-1 to Australia. And even in their first match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, they were disappointing to say the least. Minnows Netherlands almost got away with the match, but a late innings flourish from Bell and Collingwood saved England the blushes.
England have never won an ODI World Cup despite having reached the finals three times.