A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Ian Bell looking to become vice-captain of England Test team

Bell is hoping his good form will make him the frontrunner for the vice-captaincy position

England batsman Ian Bell is looking to become the new vice-captain of the Test team, and is willing to do whatever it takes to secure the position for himself.

Bell is considered to be a solid option to become newly appointed captain Alastair Cook’s deputy in the longer format, but he is expected to face some tough competition from wicketkeeper batsman Matt Prior and current Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad.

The Daily Express quoted Bell, as saying: “If anything like that came round, you would jump at the chance.”

Since England batsman Kevin Pietersen was dropped from the Test squad and retired from limited overs cricket a couple of months ago, Bell has taken full advantage of being promoted to open the batting for his country in ODIs, and with fomer Test captain Andrew Strauss recently retiring from international cricket, some cricket pundits believe Bell could be a suitable replacement to open the batting with Cook in the longer format as well.

As of right now, Pietersen is still in talks with England officials over whether he still has a chance of rescuing his international career or not.

But, the Pietersen saga has not affected Bell at all, since his sole concentration is on continuing to make good scores for the side in all three formats of the game.

When asked about how he felt to open the batting with Cook in ODIs, Bell said: “I’ve really enjoyed the role at the top of the order. It has been nice to get the opportunity.”

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