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England batsman Ian Bell has revealed that former batting coach Graham Gooch helped him end his scoring drought.
Bell scored a scintillating 167 in the first innings of the third Test against India in Southampton to help England register a 266-run win and level the series at 1-1.
“We have a really good set-up with England, but sometimes it’s nice to have another set of eyes,” Bell told the Daily Mail. “I used to have Neil Abberley here at Warwickshire, someone you could chat through a few things with. Because they’re not so attached to the game, there’s less emotion involved, and it’s nice to do that with Goochy – a net session with someone who can help me reconnect in a different way.”
Even though Gooch is no longer England’s batting coach, Bell noted that he may start turning to him for advice more often.
“He does one-on-one net sessions really well,” Bell said. “He never goes through the motions.
“He puts you under the pump, which is where you are in a Test match. He never gets over-complicated or technical. It’s about making sure you’re in the right frame of mind.
“As Goochy always says, you should always be looking to score runs, not just to survive. It’s nice to refresh that from time to time. Generally we’re always exchanging text messages. And if he’s available I try to make the most of him for a couple of hours. If I get the chance I’d like to keep doing that.”