Bell eager to put winter behind him with county return

England batsman Ian Bell can’t wait to make his first appearance of the season for Warwickshire in their LV= County Championship match against Lancashire at Liverpool this week.

Bell returned from England’s tour of Sri Lanka only last week but he has spent the weekend at Edgbaston netting ahead of the first of five games for Warwickshire – two in the Clydesdale Bank 40 – ahead of the first Test of the summer against the West Indies at Lord’s next month.

“We had a long time off after last summer. My tour against Pakistan wasn’t particularly long because I wasn’t in the one day squad,” Bell said.

“Then it was quite a short trip to Sri Lanka. I don’t feel tired so I want to get out there and play. I wanted to play the game at Liverpool. I knew I was going to start netting anyway. I would rather get an opportunity to play rather than net. There is only so much that you can do in a net.

“I didn’t have to play the two one-day games but I want to play one-day cricket as well so three Championship and two one-dayers is perfect going into the first Test.”

Bell’s return to county action will leave Warwickshire with a difficult selection decision to make, however, as all their senior batsmen are fit and available for the trip to Aigburth.

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