Ian Bell was in a pleasant mood after scoring a century at Lord's and being part of the England side that comfortably brushed Australia aside with a 347-run winning margin in the second Test of the 2013 Ashes series.
His first innings effort was the fourth time that he has reached triple figures at the home of cricket, and it was still just as pleasing to do.
“Individually to get your name on the board again is always a special time and to win a Test match against Australia at Lord's makes it that much more special, so it was an amazing game for all of us,” Bell told GiveMeSport.
The Warwickshire batsman was keen to pass praise onto the rest of the team as well: “There was some real hard work that we had to do upfront in that game, but then we got our rewards at the end, which was really nice.”
Another highlight of the match was Johnny Bairstow’s 67, which combined with the scores of Bell and Jonathan Trott, helped dig England out of the hole that they found themselves in at 28-3 on the opening morning.
“It was obviously nice to put on a partnership there with Trotty and then Johnny Bairstow and also the importance of our lower order – Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Jimmy all getting stuck in there,” Ian added.
As the England star mentions, the tailenders did their part with the bat to continue to aid the home side’s recovery.
However, Australia’s bowlers have also been impressive with the bat, and have prevented England from winning the first two Tests by even greater margins.
Both Ashton Agar and James Pattinson have showcased their ability to score runs, and unsurprisingly, this is an area where Ian Bell believes his side can still improve.
He concluded: “It’s always going to be important as we’ve seen with Australia how well their partnerships for the ninth and tenth wicket have gone and if we can do a similar thing with our tail then we’re going to be in a much better position.”
If Bell can add to his three Test centuries against Australia at Old Trafford next week, then England might not be as reliant on their tail as their opponents have been so far this summer.
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