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Ian Bell. So What?

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It feels like ages since we polished off the Aussies at Lords. A lot has happened since then. Mainly that Kevin Pietersen has gone and got himself fucked.

Now we have Ian Bell and he’s stepping in to Pietersen’s shoes at no.4. Which is a problem because Bell has pixie feet and those shoes clearly won’t fit him.

And he doesn’t go out with somebody from Liberty X. In fact I don’t think that there’s anyone from the current crop of popstrels that falls into his league. Joan Armatrading maybe. One of those twins from Bewitched possibly. Toyah Wilcox at a push.

And he’s shorter. And there isn’t an Ian Bell Zone on Cricinfo. And he won’t get up the Australians’ noses like Pietersen. He’ll do the exact opposite. He’ll come out of their noses.

Oh yes and he isn’t as good as KP.

To be fair there isn’t really anyone else. And he did bat at No.4 during 2005 series. Although he did average 17.10 over those five games. Bugger.

All this angst is probably moot. For Edgbaston at least. Because the outfield currently resembles a peat bog and that represents a danger to the players. Particularly Bell who is only tiny and might get sucked under the level of the grass.

So I am lending my full-hearted backing to the passionate indifference towards Ian Bell that has been led up in the higher strata of the blogosphere by King Cricket – truly a movement worth fighting for.

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Written by harrisharrison

July 29, 2009 at 7:26 pm

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  1. lacking a little in detail this….but the general jist of Ian Bell not being anywhere near as KP is very true…but there isnt anyone in his league for batting in England, we will always struggle to replace him…

    what is more worrying is that England (since he came into the test team) only seem to win when KP is on form. Maybe the exception was the last test, but Freddie stepped up….so an England team without just two players doesnt look great, and for the rest of the summer, they have already lost one of that two…. 😦

    Andrew Smith @onedegree

    July 30, 2009 at 9:51 am

    • Thanks for the comment Andrew – sorry for the lack of detail. I got distracted by Embarrassing Bodies on Channel 4 last night.

      harrisharrison

      July 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm


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