Ian Bell defends England's rotational policy

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Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 12:03 [IST]
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Ian Bell backs England's rotation policy

Headingley, Jun 21: England cricketer Ian Bell defends the nation's rotation policy that helps to combat burnout of hectic international schedule.

Having won the three-match series 2-0, England selectors have opted to rest their strike bowlers for the third and final ODI against West Indies in Headingley on Friday.

While this is not the first occasion wherein the coach Andy Flower has insisted on rotational policy as James Anderson and Stuart Broad were rested for the third and final Test against Windies to ensure that the bowlers are completely fit for the ODI series.

The opening batsman, Ian Bell also defended his coach's decision to rotate players as it helps the player to stay away from injuries, due to a packed international schedule.

"There's a heavy schedule coming up. We need to look after these guys," said Bell, who has scored a century and a half-century in England's last two victories over the Windies.

Bell further added saying that Swann, Broad and Bresnan are the only three regulars available, for all formats of the game and there is a need to look after them.

Moreover, with another important series against South Africa and Australia coming up, the team needs to play their best XI. In order to ensure their availability, England has adopted the rotational policy which can combat the draining effects of a packed international calendar.

"There's this big series against Australia coming up, and South Africa after that.

"The key to our success in one-day cricket is having five out-and-out world-class bowlers.

"So if we want to beat the Australians, we want these guys fit and fresh and ready to go.

"For the three guys who play in all three forms of the game it's going to be crucial."

Talking about the inclusion of pace bowler Stuart Meaker, all-rounder Chris Woakes and spinner James Tredwell in the squad for the third and final ODI against Windies at Headingley, Bell said that it was equally important to groom these players and resting the established stars to help them strike a balance.

"It's a good option to let them have a bit of a breather and it gives an opportunity to the likes of Meaker, Woakes and Tredwell," Bell said.

"When I played for the Lions, Meaker is genuinely fast - so it will be exciting to see him have a go.

"Looking down the line, at World Cups and Champions Trophies, it's great to give these guys an opportunity and gain more experience.

"It has slightly weakened our attack, but I still think it is a team that can go out and beat West Indies.

"There's no doubt people want to come to see the Broads, Andersons and Bresnans.

"But they will be seeing young, exciting guys who will be big players for England over the next few years."

Bell has expressed his desire not to rest and has told the selectors that he would prefer to play and cement his place.

"For me, the more I play the more I learn," he said. "Going into the Pakistan series, we'd had two or three months off and I felt I'd lost my rhythm completely.

"It's out of my control if Andy was to give me a game off. But personally if I'm out in the middle scoring runs, I want to stay scoring runs."


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