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England batsman Ian Bell has warned the national team to not get carried away with their 266-run win over India in the third Test in Southampton.
Bell, who scored 167 runs in the first innings of the match, stated that the victory would mean nothing if they failed to win the last two Tests.
“It was a start for us all. It was a really good five days but that is all that it is,” Bell told Sky Sports. “The next Test match we have to start all over again and do it again.”
Speaking about his 167, Bell said: “I felt like I had been playing nicely this summer without any big scores. I felt pretty fluent from ball one in that Test match. The nice thing about going to the Ageas Bowl is that you are playing on one of the best cricket pitches in the country.
“There is something for everyone; there is a bit of pace and bounce, and spin towards the end of the game but it’s also good for batting.
“I really enjoyed going out and playing as well as I can play and hopefully I can take that to Old Trafford now.”
Bell was also pleased to see captain Alastair Cook regain his form with the bat. Cook scored 95 and 70 not out during the third Test.
“Cookie said himself that he works as hard as anyone on his game but, as with all of us, it doesn’t guaranteed that you will go out and score hundreds,” he said. “There were signs that he was starting to play well and, he said himself, the ball was going down the ground, which is a good sign for any batsman. It would have been nice to see him get a hundred in the first innings but again to get 70 not out in the second was very important.
“The way he played allowed myself and Joe Root to come in and play with some freedom and get that score we needed for our bowlers to go and win the Test match.”