Wednesday 29 August 2007 

Bell Praises Coaches Flower And Donald After Success

England batsman Ian Bell, currently enjoying success with the bat in the NatWest Series against India, has paid tribute to overseas coaches Andy Flower and Allan Donald.

Flower was recently appointed as England's batting coach, and was well qualified for the job having played in 63 Tests, 213 one-day internationals and scored over 10,000 international runs.

Bell, speaking at the launch of an nPower urban cricket initiative said:

"I've enjoyed working a lot with Andy Flower, he has given me, certainly in those middle overs, some ideas on how I can improve my batting, which has helped.

"In the past, although I wouldn't say I have had a fear of failure, I have got stuck a few times without hitting boundaries and he has given me some options.

"Speaking to guys who played against Andy, they say he was one of the greatest players of spin and for a period was the best. It's nice to get ideas from him about how he went about his game and how I can put them into mine."

Allan Donald, a former team-mate of Bell's at Warwickshire, has been named as England's bowling coach until the end of the Twenty20 World Cup, and Bell also praised the South African's input, explaining:

"Allan Donald has been fantastic in the dressing room and very passionate about the way he talks about playing for your country. That's one thing he has brought into the team, how much it means to you to play for your country.

"I've never really heard people talk like he does. He's a very passionate person and it made me think about it.

"I guess when you are playing a lot of cricket and travelling all the time you can take it for granted and having him talking so passionately has made people think about it."

England lead the NatWest Series 2-1, with Bell having top scored for England in all three games so far. The fourth game takes place tomorrow at Old Trafford.