Bell feels ‘lucky’ and privileged to be playing 100th Test

"I wouldn't say it's all been straightforward, there have been some real lows as well as highs"

“I wouldn’t say it’s all been straightforward, there have been some real lows as well as highs”

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England batsman Ian Bell has announced that he feels “lucky” and privileged to be representing his country in 100 Tests.

Bell will achieve the milestone during the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley.

“It’s amazing to achieve this (100 caps),” Bell told Sky Sports. “I wouldn’t say it’s all been straightforward, there have been some real lows as well as highs.

“I’ve really enjoyed the challenges we’ve had. The last few years have been brilliant. I feel lucky. When you look back when you finish I think that I’ve been very lucky to play in a great period of English cricket.

“There have been some great players that I’ve played with and I’m excited by the new challenges ahead of us as well.”

Bell also noted that England need to start speeding up their over-rate after the entire team were fined following the first Test at Lord’s.

“We took that bit longer than normal so hopefully we can tweak a little bit here and there to get back up to speed,” he said. “We certainly tried as much as we can to get round as fast (as we could) with a four-man seam attack.

“I imagine here again with predominantly seam bowling we’re going to have to get around as quick as we can.”

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