Since the time Jonathan Trott left, the talks and worries of who’ll bat at his position began.
Some said bring in Gary Ballance, who has got a pretty good temperament and a marvellous technique, while some suggested to go with Bell or Root for the Warwickshire man’s position. Confusion has reigned about who Alastair Cook will go with.
So, all those confusions are finally over as the second test at Adelaide has started. Ben Stokes has made his debut while there is no Ballance in the squad.
That makes it very clear that it is going to be either Joe Root or Ian Bell who will fill Trott’s shoes. It is crystal clear actually that it should be Bell.
Yes, it has to be Bell because he is the one who most suited for the responsibility. Going by the previous records of Belly as Bell is known, it seems that this position is quite suited to him.
The stats tell a similar story, he has scored 1437 runs at this position with best scores of 235 and 155; this shows enough about what he can do.
Also, Bell has an aggressive technique and even if a wicket falls early, he can quickly take off the pressure with his stroke playing ability and those pristine touch drives.
On the other hand, Joe Root is a bit defensive and takes some time to get into the groove. In his case, if a wicket falls early, he’ll not be able to take that pressure off quickly and if yet another wicket falls, then the team is short of runs as well as wickets.
Though it is true that Root opened the batting for England in the summer Ashes series, the fact that he never got going except for that one inning at Lord’s can’t be ignored as well.
So, what can be concluded after the above stats is that Ian Bell is the one who is the “Most Perfect” for number three.
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