SOUTHAMPTON: Ian Bell smashed a century to lead England to a 114-run win over the West Indies, but admitted that he had enjoyed a double dose of fortune.
Bell made 126 as England managed 288 for six before the tourists were bundled out for 172 in a rain-affected One-Day International (ODI) to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
The 30-year-old’s innings came just a day after he needed stitches for a chin wound.
He was fortunate then and was left thanking his good luck again when the West Indies were adamant he was out, caught behind for 23. But English umpire Richard Kettleborough rejected the raucous appeal.
Bell admitted he had nicked the ball but was pleased with his performance. “I felt I was in pretty good nick by the end of the Test series [against the West Indies],” said Bell. “So it was nice to go at the top of the order and play some proper shots. I didn’t try to slog, which probably in the past I’ve been guilty of doing.”
Cook expects West Indies to bounce back
Meanwhile, England captain Alastair Cook warned his side of complacency. “We have talked about our game plan and it’s certainly that one of the top four goes on and scores runs,” said Cook. “They’re a very dangerous side and that’s why we shouldn’t take them lightly again or also diminish how well we played.”
Published in The Express Tribune, June 18th, 2012.
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