England agree to grant Bell extra match

England have given batsman Ian Bell permission  to make an unexpected appearance for Warwickshire in their Clydesdale Bank 40 group match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road on Sunday May 8.

Bell was originally due to play only in three County Championship matches ahead of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Cardiff at the end of this month under the release programme agreed by the England and Wales Cricket Board for centrally contracted players.

But Bell requested, and was granted,  clearance to play against Northamptonshire as an additional innings after he made his county comeback on a difficult batting pitch in the midweek Championship match against Lancashire.

Bell batted comfortably enough on an up-and-down pitch in the first innings against Lancashire before he was caught behind from one that turned from slow left-armer Simon Kerrigan.

But he made only three in the second innings before he was caught off the top of the bat trying to work a leg side delivery from Glen Chapple.

With only four more Championship innings before Cardiff, Bell has given up a day off in preference for an extra innings, hopefully on a better pitch than the one prepared at Edgbaston.

Bell is also likely to captain Warwickshire again as Jim Troughton is still struggling with a bruised shoulder sustained attempting to take a catch against Scotland on May 2.

Former England all-rounder Darren Maddy returns to the squad after making runs against a strong Durham second team, including Steve Harmison, in midweek.

Richard Johnson will keep wicket as Tim Ambrose suffered a thumb injury on the last day against Lancashire.

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One Response to England agree to grant Bell extra match

  1. Mark Adkins says:

    Well done Bell!