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Ian Bell hits timely hundred for Warwickshire

Ian Bell hits timely hundred for Warwickshire
Ian Bell's 174 came in 285 deliveries and had 20 boundaries in it.
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England batsman Ian Bell has struck a timely century for Warwickshire against Hampshire to stay in the eyes of the national selectors in a bid to regain his place in the Test side.

Bell was dropped for the tour of South Africa after a poor run of form with the bat where he went 12 Test matches without scoring a hundred.

The 34-year-old’s most recent Test hundred was against the West Indies last year, where he scored a classy 143 runs and pushed England to 399 in the first innings in Antigua.

Batting in the first innings for Warwickshire, Bell top-scored with a 285-ball knock of 174 runs which was studded with as many as 20 boundaries.

Bell stayed at the crease for 419 minutes and the classy right-hander admitted that it was his best knock since hitting the century against West Indies in Antigua.

Furthermore, Bell said that he understood why he was dropped from the England squad and added that he is quite happy with his current situation and is not worried about his Test return.

"My arms were struggling a bit; it was the longest I've batted since Antigua! The body took some adjusting.

"I do feel fresh, and excited about cricket.

“I probably had lost a bit of that drive a few months back.

"So to have spent a lot of time away from cricket is nice.

“Whether other things happen with England is irrelevant – where I am now I am very happy.

"It was an enforced break and I understand it.

“I'm not going to make excuses.

“I was short of runs since Antigua, but I feel great now.

"I love playing for Warwickshire and my body feels great."

Riding on Bell’s classy hundred, Warwickshire scored 360 runs in their first innings in reply to Hampshire’s first innings total of 202 runs, thereby taking a massive 158 run first-innings lead.

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