Bell opts for more match practice in CB40 fixture

England batsman Ian Bell has opted for another extra innings with Warwickshire, in the Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Leicestershire at Grace Road on May 15, ahead of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Bell played in what was originally supposed to be one extra match for his county when he appeared against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road on May 8 in the CB40 and made a fluent 88.

But his attempts to maintain that form were undermined by an uneven pitch for the County Championship match against Worcestershire at Edgbaston.

Bell made a battling 34 in the first innings before he went lbw to a shooter and 14 in the second innings before he pushed back a return catch to Jack Shantry.

England have now given Bell permission to play at Grace Road on what he hopes will be a better pitch.

But a second England batsman, Jonathan Trott, is not expected to play against Leicestershire despite making two single-figure scores against Worcestershire. Trott is now pinning his hopes on making runs against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge next week in his final scheduled match before the first Test.

Meanwhile Leicestershire will give a debut to batsman Kadeer Ali, who was released by Gloucestershire at the end of last season, against Warwickshire.

Kadeer is playing club cricket for West Bromwich Dartmouth in the Birmingham League and for Staffordshire in the Minor Counties Championship.

He has also played for Leicestershire’s second team on trial this season and has been given a first team opportunity because Will Jones, who played against Surrey at The Oval last week, has exam commitments at Cardiff University.

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