Originally Posted by Stapel
It is only a week ago that Bell steered England home after three quick wickets, including Cook's and Pietersen's, had fallen. Not the most impressive knock by any standards, but still.
Bell averaged 30 against the Saffers in the summer. Not good! But not extremely bad either. Averaging 30 in a series now and then is simply what happens to any good batsman. And that's what Bell is: a good batsman. Not a great one. the great batsmen average over 50 and have fewer blips.
And do England have an alternative? England can do with Bell at 5 for a long long time! Since no single batsman, apart from Baby Joe today, hasn't been able to secure the #6 spot since Freddie figured out he was more a boxer than a cricketer, there is nobody competing for his place!
Mate, they were chasing 40 ffs.
It's like eulogising Rob Quiney's eight.
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Last edited by Burgey; 13-12-2012 at 02:17 PM.