James Lawton: Bell’s beautiful batting means he must jump ahead of Collingwood

Ian Bell

Ian Bell

Bell eased to his 25th Test half-century so elegantly that he was surely demanding that he swap places with the dogged Collingwood in the batting order.

You couldn’t know how well his team-mates still standing would defy but the blow that Michael Clarke took with the last delivery of the fourth day seemed much more than the fall of any old wicket.

It might just have told Australia that the best they can do in this Ashes series is wage passable attrition, and even this modest ambition was ripped away when England rolled to a second Test victory of crushing authority.

That the vice-captain should perish at the hand of Kevin Pietersen‘s occasional off-spin just 20 runs short of what would have been a life-giving century, and four balls short of a night’s respite from the challenge of saving still another Test in which his team had been largely outplayed, was especially savage.

Full story: The Independent

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