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England call Ian Bell as back-up batsman in tour of West Indies

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Ian Bell has been drafted in the injury hit England side © Getty Images

March 1, 2014

If reports are to be confirmed then England have called up Ian Bell as a back-up batsman for the side which has been hit by injuries during their ongoing tour of the West Indies.

The decision to call up Bell was reported by a tweet from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) which states One-Day International coach Ashley Giles as confirming to the report.

England who lost the first One-Day International by 15-runs against the West Indies at Antigua already have other players like Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan injured during the ongoing series and Bell’s call-up looks like a desperate stop-gap arrangement by the team think-tank.

Morgan suffered an injured knee during England’s warm-up game against the West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI whereas Hales who has the tag of the world’s best T20 batsman has suffered from a strained hamstring.

In fact such was England’s misery due to lack of options that assistant coach Paul Collingwood had to take to the field as a substitute fielder during the defeat against the West Indies which only highlights the visitors shortage of options in the team.

It will now be interesting to see whom Bell replaces in the 15-man England squad and whether the visitors can shrug off their injury worries and get back to the job on hand.

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