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England batsman Ian Bell has announced that he is ecstatic after scoring a century on the second day of the third Test against India in Southampton.
Bell’s superb knock of 167 was not only a welcome return to form, but he also surpassed 7,000 Test runs during his innings.
“We talked about getting first innings runs and today’s probably the first time we’ve done it properly, and how the batting unit wanted to do it, which was nice,” Bell told Sky Sports. “Our target then was two (wickets) tonight and then if you get two first thing tomorrow morning you can put some real pressure on India. The guys bowled really well and if we keep banging away at full length there’s a little bit there.
“Every time you get a hundred for England it’s special. I just enjoy trying to get as many as I can and contributing. Individual things are nice along the way but the most important thing is we’ve had a good day as a team.”
Bell also lauded batsman Gary Ballance for his career-best knock of 156 and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for scoring a quickfire 85 on debut.
“His hunger for runs is incredible,” Bell said about Ballance. “His first-class record is incredible as well. The way he just goes about it, leads really well, he’s hard to bowl at. He’s also a really calm presence, which is what we need in the team now.
“The way Jos played at the end there, that was amazing. He’s come in and showed those kind of skills we all know he has, but to do it in a Test match on debut – it’s good to see that.”