South African-born English batsman, Jonathan Trott, has voiced his support for teammate Ian Bell, who is struggling to regain his form.
Bell, has not impressed the England selection panel with his previous performances, especially against Pakistan, where he had a top score of 26 in six innings.
Trott said: “In the 12 months before the UAE tour (against Pakistan), Ian was probably our leading run-scorer with Alastair Cook, he’s obviously had a few bad Tests, which is disappointing, but he’ll want to put that right.”
Bell, who is currently in Sri Lanka with the England squad, has failed to make an impression so far, scoring no runs against the Sri Lanka Board XI, while chipping in with only 14 and 11 in the test match against Sri Lanka Development XI on Wednesday.
However, with the game against Sri Lanka Development XI being played on a pitch considered to be a batsman’s dream, as demonstrated by England Captain Andrew Strauss, Trott and Chamara Silva’s centuries, the spotlight is focusing even more on Bell.
But, Trott, still believes that it is only a matter of time before Bell finds his form. “I’ve played a lot of cricket with him for Warwickshire and England so I know his game pretty well. He looks in good touch and he’ll be okay” he said.
However, even with Trott’s optimism about Bell, the selectors and fans are questioning just how long it will take for him to regain his touch, and whether they are better off dropping him to give another batsman an opportunity to shine when the first test between England and Sri Lanka kicks off on the 26th of March.