Bell hit with stomach bug

February 2, 2012
Ian Bell

by Tigerlillythe7th

England batsman Ian Bell was hit with a stomach bug forcing him to miss training yesterday, but is expected to be fit for tomorrows third Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

Bell will be watched closely by England’s medical team over the next 24 hours but will more then likely take his place in the side, having only scored 36 runs from his four Test match innings on this tour.

England go into tomorrow’s match looking to avoid a humiliating 3-0 series defeat at the hands of a resurgent Pakistan team. England suffered a dramatic collapse in Abu Dhabi being bowled out for 72 chasing just 145 runs for victory, handing the home side an unexpected series win.

Speaking of their batting failures on this tour, Bell said: “We are looking forward to putting in a performance in the last Test, the bowlers have been fantastic and now it’s up to the batting unit to give them some support.”

England must play spin bowling with more authority if they are to be successful in this Test match, and the remainder of the winter as they travel to Sri Lanka. England have been dismissed 34 out of 40 times by spinners on their current tour of the UAE.

The Scoop 02/02/2012

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