Ian Bell to miss second Test against India

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Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 10:13 [IST]
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Ian Bell to return home after first Test

Ahmedabad, Nov 7: England's Ian Bell, is expected to return home after the first Test against India to be with his wife, Chantal Louise Bastock who is due to deliver the couple's first child in mid-Novemeber.

Ian Bell, who had applied for paternity leave in early September clarified the same, during an interaction after England team reached Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

Talking about the phase that he is experiencing, Ian Bell said he is excited about it, and as a professional cricketer, he has to be focused as India-England series starts on November 15.

"There are lots of things in my mind. It is exciting. But as a professional cricketer you need to be focused on each and every delivery that you are facing and I am trying to do that.

The dad-to-be Bell, also said that he has informed team coach Andy Flower about the need to return home.

'You don't want to miss a Test match. But my family comes first, and this is what I want to do. I had a good chat with Andy Flower in the summer and he was really supportive. If we win the Test that I miss, I will have to fight like hell to get my place back. That's the risk you take," Ian Bell was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

'But it is the most exciting part of my life and I am willing to do that. I'd like to think I'd be able to come straight back into the team, and I hope we win the Test.'

Interestingly, Bell is one of the players who can play well against spin. The cricketer has not been in great form this year as he averages just 31 in 2012, has been getting good starts in the sub-continent but none of them have been converted into big ones, which is one problem the dad-to-be has been facing off-late.

His 28 against Mumbai A would have given him the much needed boost, as he can play the Ahmedabad Test with more confidence.

However missing the second Test would not affect Ian Bell, who has been the most consistent player for England in the last two years, as he has an average of 86 which has not been touched by any other English cricketer recently.

Given his experience, Bell with 80 Test caps, is one of the veterans while Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook are the others in the team who have played more than 80 Tests.

Bell is keen on performing well in the first Test against India so that he can join the team again for the third Test after taking a small break to be with his wife who is expected to deliver their first child in mid-November.


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