Bell warned he must add runs as well as ex­pe­ri­ence to England

The Herald - Sport - - FINALL SAY - DAVID CLOUGH

ENGLAND coach Trevor Bayliss has warned Ian Bell that the ex­pe­ri­ence he gives the team is not enough to en­sure he re­tains his place.

The 33-year-old must also bring runs to the ta­ble, Bayliss said ahead of the start of the third Test against Pak­istan in Shar­jah on Sun­day.

Bell briefly con­sid­ered call­ing time on his ca­reer af­ter help­ing England re­gain the Ashes two months ago but has now com­mit­ted him­self to the na­tional team, and has set his sights on be­ing a part of the 2017-18 Ashes in Aus­tralia.

There, in his own words, he hopes he can “right the wrongs” of the mis­er­able white­wash England suf­fered on their last trip Down Un­der in 2013-14. To do so, though, he has been left in lit­tle doubt that he will have to im­prove sig­nif­i­cantly on his 2015 out­put.

Bayliss ac­knowl­edges Bell’s ex­pe­ri­ence counts, in a de­vel­op­ing team cur­rently 1-0 down with one to play against Pak­istan, but not as much as runs. Bell con­trib­uted two cru­cial 50s to England’s cause at Edg­bas­ton mid-Ashes, and has added two more handy scores so far on the tour of the United Arab Emi­rates. But flashes of his world-class best will not be enough in the long term.

Bayliss said: “We need him from that ex­pe­ri­ence point of view but what I’m say­ing is – and ev­ery­one’s fully aware of it – that re­sults count as well. Just be­cause you’ve got ex­pe­ri­ence, you’ve still got to be per­form­ing as well. The play­ers know that, and the se­lec­tors and coaches make their de­ci­sions based on per­for­mances at the top level.

“Ob­vi­ously, at the mo­ment, we don’t have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in the bat­ting or­der, and I think it’s im­por­tant we have got some ex­pe­ri­ence in the team,” Bayliss added. “On this tour, if you just take the ag­gre­gates and av­er­ages of our bat­ters, he’s prob­a­bly in third spot or round about. I’m sure he’d like to be scor­ing more runs as well – and he’s a guy who works very hard at his game.”

There would be few bet­ter times for a Bell re­vival than in the days ahead and his fel­low vet­eran James An­der­son has seen enough over the years to keep the faith.

“He’s itch­ing to score runs,” England’s linch­pin seamer said of his long-stand­ing team-mate. “He wants to get the scores he knows he can get.

“He’s had a pretty lean six to 12 months for him ... so he’s itch­ing to get a match-win­ning con­tri­bu­tion for us, which we know he can, and he knows he can. We hope it will come in this Test.”

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