England batsman Bell vows to make himself “undroppable”April 29th, 2009 - 5:49 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 29 (ANI): England’s batsman Ian Bell has vowed to make himself “undroppable” when he gets his next Test call up.
The selectors meet today to pick the 12-man Test squad with the number three position being contested by Bell, former captain Michael Vaughan, Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah.
Warwickshire batsman Bell impressed the management with his fitness regime after being axed in the Caribbean and cracked the first County Championship hundred of the season upon his return.
It was a lack of substantial innings which cost Bell in the first place and the 27-year-old said: “One thing I walked away with from my experience this winter is that when you are in the team, you have to make it count.
“When I get my next chance I want to make myself undroppable. That’s probably where I have let myself down in the last year. I want to make myself undroppable,” the Daily Express quoted Bell, as saying.
“At times I have played quite nicely for 30s, 40s and 50s but I haven’t got the hundreds behind me to say: ‘You can’t drop him’. You need hundreds if you’re going to keep your place in the team consistently. That is something I will address and when I get my next chance I will try to nail it.”
Bell, identified early as a future international batsman and first summoned into a full England squad seven years ago, will certainly be hoping for a clean slate, having yet to forge the kind of career predicted for him at the turn of the millennium. (ANI)
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