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Ian Bell is crucial to a successful England summer

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Warwickshire and England's Ian Bell has come a long way since 2005 when he admitted himself that, despite being part of England's Ashes winning side, he doubted himself and his abilities. He is now viewed as Mr reliable in this current England side but that was far from the case earlier in his International career.

Once cruelly nicknamed the 'shermanator' by Shane Warne, and mocked by the Australian side for his lack of runs and perceived brittleness at International level, he has now matured into a fantastic player.

Bell has an impressive record in International cricket and is now considered, alongside captain Alastair Cook, as the mainstay in the England batting line-up.

Bell's Test match record is comparable with any other England great of recent times. In 98 games he has scored over 6,700 runs at an average of 45, with 20 centuries and 39 fifties.

He is also considered as one of England's best players by opposition bowling attacks and England's own supporters, which is a credit to his quality.

He is now back in the T20 side. His appearance at The Oval against Sri Lanka was his first since January 2011 against Australia in Melbourne. Although he struggled to adapt back into this particular game it was good to have him back in the side as he adds a touch of class to this England set-up. Even in the T20 format it is important to have players who can play
proper cricket shots, although Bell can also use his feet and experiment with shots, a feature which he has added to his game in recent years.

He is also a rare breed in modern-day cricket as he is part of all three formats of the game at present. Moores must clearly rate Bell as a player but must also like his presence in the side and in the changing room.

If England's new era under Moores and Cook is going to start with a successful summer then Bell will need to perform to the levels that we have become accustomed to.

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