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Warne backs Bell to come good soon

Ian Bell
Shane Warne has backed Ian Bell to return to form
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Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has backed England batsman Ian Bell to come up with a good performance very soon in the ongoing Ashes campaign.

Bell, who has been one of England’s mainstays in the middle order for more than a decade, has been suffering from a slump in form this year, scoring just 273 runs from 14 innings at an average of 21.00.

Warne was of the notion that a big score will turn things around for Bell, while stating that the 33-year-old has plenty of cricket left in him.

“Ian Bell is a class act. He’s a quality player and he’s done it in the past. He needs a score just for himself," he said before the start of the Edgbaston Test.

“I don’t think England will drop him just yet, I think he’s got a few Test matches left in him. He’s a class act and he’s proven that.” 

Bell also did not enjoy a great outing in 2014, scoring just 452 runs from eight games, with one hundred and three fifties at an average of 34.76, whereas his career average stands at a healthy 43.21.

Warne believes that Bell tends to become defensive when he is unable to score consistently, which is completely in contrast to how he plays when he is on song.

“When he gets in a slump he gets really defensive and really negative,” said Warne.

“He’s really easy on the eye to watch when he’s aggressive, be it against the spinner running down the ground to hit him for six, or taking on the quicks he’s such a batter player."

Warne reckons that Bell must bat positively to get a big score, which will put an end to the negative talk about his place in the England line up.

Stating that Bell has the best technique among the England batsmen, Warne agreed with the England selectors’ move to promote Bell to number three.

“So I hope he (Bell) comes out and is really aggressive and gets a big score then everyone will stop questioning his place in the side.

“He’s got the best technique of any England batsman, so he should be No.3, but he just needs a score and confidence is a funny thing.”

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