A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Ian Bell ready to take Pietersen’s place in ODI team

Bell has always performed better in Test matches than ODIs

England batsman Ian Bell has declared that he is ready to cement his place in the England ODI squad, after Kevin Pietersen’s surprising decision to retire from limited overs cricket.

Bell, who has represented England in 110 ODIs, and has batted in every position from opening batsman to number seven, has never been able to replicate his outstanding Test form into the limited overs format.

The Sun, quoted Bell as saying: “It was a real shock when I heard the news about Kev. He is his own man and makes his own decisions, captain Alastair Cook made some comments about it giving an opportunity for someone else, and I certainly want to get myself back into the England team in all forms of the game.”

Bell, also noted that he still had some “unfinished business” to take care of in the limited overs format, and hopes he will be given the chance to prove his worth to the England team.

“I’ll be working hard to take the opportunity should it arise. There are younger players coming through but I hope I still have a shout. I have unfinished business in ODIs. In one-day cricket I’d like to nail down a position in the top three,” Bell added.

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