Ian Bell doubtful for first ODI against West Indies

After Kevin Pietersen’s retirement from limited-overs cricket, Ian Bell is supposed to open for England Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Jun 15, 2012

England opener Ian Bell suffered injury while practicing ahead of one-day series against West Indies. Bell got hit near his chin while practicing throw-downs.

The extent of the injury is yet to be determined. However, it seemed Bell will be needing stitches, was reported by The Guardian.

England are in desperate conditions after Kevin Pietersen s retirement from limited-overs cricket. Bell is supposed to open batting for the host team.

On the other hand, West Indies captain Darren Sammy said his side expect to win their upcoming one-day series with England after finishing the Test campaign with a flourish.

West Indies’ recent results suggest they are far more of a force in one-day cricket and with Chris Gayle back on board after more than a year out following a dispute with Caribbean cricket chiefs, they have one of the world’s leading limited overs batsmen in their line-up.

Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Dwayne and Darren Bravo could also pose problems to an England side captained by Alastair Cook in one-dayers now his Test skipper and fellow opener Andrew Strauss has quit the white-ball game.

West Indies pushed Australia all the way in a five-match one-day series in March that ended all square at 2-2 after the third ODI in St Vincent was tied.