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Ian Bell praises work ethic of Ashes stars

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England batsman Ian Bell has praised the performances of the two Yorkshire players in the team, Johnny Bairstow and Joe Root, who sent the hosts to victory in the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

A score of 67 from Bairstow in the first innings, followed by an incredible 180 from Root in the second innings aided a 347 run win for England, who now lead Australia 2-0 in the series.

Bell thinks a hard work ethic and their ability to stay calm under pressure is reaping the rewards, and he is using his presence as a senior player in the team to guide them through the more pressurised moments.

He told GiveMeSport: "Obviously they've done well. Johnny played very well in the first innings in setting up the game, and then Joe really hammering it home for us.

"It's good to see two of our young players come through in pressure situations, and as a senior player you try and pass on a bit and help them through, but certainly they did very well."

The Warwickshire player, who has enjoyed some match defining performances of his own recently, with two centuries so far this series, cited batting coach Graham Gooch as making a difference to Root's game.

"When you get involved with the England team, we're very lucky to have someone like Graham Gooch as batting coach, someone with all his experience, and particularly his work ethic. 

"You don't just have a net for the sake of it, you go in and do specific stuff.

"He does work hard on his bowling, and it's good to have that sort of backup, certainly when we're going to go to places in the world with hot conditions and a bit of spin, and if you play two spinners and Joe then you've got three spinners in your team so it's obviously a nice thing to have." 


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The Ashes

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