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Wed Apr 23 12:32:45 SAST 2014

Bell must be himself, not KP

TEAMtalk Media | 12 June, 2012 11:340 Comments
England v West Indies: 3rd Investec Test - Day Four
Ian Bell of England bats during day four of the third test between England and the West Indies at Edgbaston on June 10, 2012 in Birmingham, England
Image by: Gareth Copley / Getty Images

England coach Andy Flower has backed Ian Bell to come good in the ODI series against the West Indies after some decent test knocks, and says he isn't looking for Bell to play like Kevin Pietersen.

Bell was recalled to the ODI side on Monday after being dropped for the series against Pakistan earlier in the year. Pietersen's retirement from the shorter formats left a gap for Bell to fill, and the coach is hopeful the Warwickshire man can successfully add to his 108 ODI's to date.

The former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper said: "It is safe to assume he will open (the batting).

"We don't want him to do a similar job to Pietersen, we want him to be Ian Bell and play great international cricket.

"He's got a lot of international experience and he's in great form. You saw some of that form and skill on Sunday [when he finished unbeaten on 76].

"With the two new white balls we want great quality batsmen up front and he is one of those.

"We believe he can form a successful partnership with (Alastair) Cook. Of course there are alternatives and we've considered them very carefully. But we believe the man who has got the best chance of making it a success is Ian Bell."

Test captain Andrew Strauss also believes Bell will be able to shine against the Windies, adding: "This might just be the opportunity he needs to cement his place in the one-day side.

"I think we all know his quality and it's great for him to be back in that one-day set-up.

"He has shown plenty of times that he is capable of doing a very good job in one-day cricket, maybe he just hasn't had that one breakthrough innings that really grabs the game by the scruff of the neck and wins it for England.

"I think once he does that the world is his oyster. He's such a fine player that he can be up there with the very best."

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