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Bell Added To England T20I Squad

Ian Bell
Ian Bell will join up with the England squad ahead of the three Twenty20 games in Barbados
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Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell has been added to England's Twenty20 International squad in the West Indies as cover for Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan.

Hales and Morgan are both struggling with injuries and despite not being named in England's 30-man provisional squad for the ICC World Twenty20, Bell has been selected to join the squad.

He adds the experience of playing 98 Tests, 140 One-Day Internationals and seven Twenty20 Internationals, the last of those coming in 2011.

England, who lost the opening match by 15 runs, will complete their three-match ODI series in Antigua before playing three Twenty20s against the reigning world champions in Barbados on 9th, 11th and 13th March.

"We are going to call-up a replacement to come to Barbados and that is Ian Bell," coach Ashley Giles told the England & Wales Cricket Board website (www.ecb.co.uk).

"He is a world-class player, a world-class fielder and a world-class bloke, so we look forward to meeting up with him in Barbados.

"He wasn't in the original 30, but with those two different sorts of players and the cover we need, and the conditions we are going to face in Bangladesh, Belly has the ability to play all those different roles," he added.

Morgan has a knee injury and Hales is struggling with a thigh problem.

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