Ian Bell pleased with display as hosts show potential class

England's Ian Bell celebrates reaching 150 during day two of the Third Investec Test match at the Ageas Bowl

England's Ian Bell celebrates reaching 150 during day two of the Third Investec Test match at the Ageas Bowl

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Ian Bell vented his frustrations on India’s bowlers, but was equally delighted at being able to help debutant Jos Buttler make such a success of his maiden Test innings at the Ageas Bowl.

Bell (167) cashed in impressively as he ended his run of 19 Test innings without a century, sharing stands of 142 with Gary Ballance (156) and then 106 with Buttler (85) to ensure England piled up 569 for seven declared.

After James Anderson then took the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan in India’s 25 for one at stumps on day two of this third Investec Test, England could begin to hope for a series-levelling victory.

 

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