Ian Bell sets his sights on the top of England's batting order

Ian Bell sets his sights on the top of England's batting order
 

It was not Ian Bell's stubble but the vivid strokeplay that has enriched this Australian summer that persuaded one shrewd observer to remark the other day: "Suddenly, he's not an adolescent any longer – he's a man."
At almost 29 Bell has probably had a sense of his manhood for some time, but every time he walked out to bat it was if he was making his debut. He looked nervous and his supporters felt nervous for him. There were too many fidgety failures. He had all the talent but he could not impose himself on the opposition and secure his place in the side.
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22 January 2011 in Sport, Views: 3
Source: Guardian
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