Cook backs Bell to come good in ODIs

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Published: Saturday, June 16, 2012, 12:58 [IST]
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Bell is one of the best players: Cook

Southampton, Jun 16: England captain Alastair Cook has defended Ian Bell and is confident that he will perform well in the limited-overs format of the game who has not cemented his place in the squad having made his debut eight years ago.

Cook, who has proved an adept one-day player since assuming the captaincy after a long spell on the sidelines from England limited overs cricket because of his 'unsuitable' style, backed Bell to come good in one-dayers.

Cook further added that Bell is one of the best players, as he has shown the world with his performance in Test cricket.

"I think the best players can adapt to all conditions, and we've all seen how good Belly is in Test cricket," he said.

He also said that Bell would be the first person to admit that he has not achieved much in one-day cricket.

"In one-day cricket, he'll be the first to admit he hasn't quite reached the heights he would have liked.

Having established himself as a Test cricketer, can now focus on cementing his place in the limited overs format as well and fill the void created by Kevin Pietersen post his retirement.

"But I don't see any reason why he can't thrive in one-day cricket now," said Cook.

Bell having injured his chin during the practice session on Friday, is a doubtful starter for England's first ODI against West Indies on Saturday.

The 30 year old who has replaced Kevin Pietersen in the ODI squad looks forward to return to the national side with style, provided he recovers from the chin injury in time, to play for England in the three-match ODI series.


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