Ian Bell prepared to reclaim England Test spot

Ian Bell said that he had no regrets missing out on England s series-levelling win at Mumbai Getty Images

Kolkata: Dec 3, 2012

England middle-order batsman Ian Bell, who had flown back to England after the Ahmedabad Test for the birth of his child, is back with his squad and prepared for the third Test if picked.

“I feel ready, and refreshed in a way, and fully energised to go again, Bell was quoted as saying by ESPNStar.com.

The 30-year-old is likely to take his spot back from Jonny Bairstow, who played at Mumbai in place of him.

However, after England s thumping win over India in the second Test at Mumbai, Bell said he would accept if he were left out to retain the winning eleven.

“If they want to stay with a winning team, I ll have to take that and keep working as hard as I can to fight my way back in the team. They could do that s out of my control. If I get the nod, that s great,” he said.

Bell said that he had no regrets missing out on England s series-levelling win.

“I have no regrets about going home – it was perfect,” he said.

“It is nice to come back out here, but it is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

Bell could not witness the birth of his son, Joseph William, as the little one was born before he departed from Mumbai.

“I managed to get as far as Mumbai from Ahmedabad when the baby arrived,” he said.

“The way we planned it, I would have been there if everything had been on time. But he had other ideas, and couldn’t wait!

“So it worked out well in that they both came home earlier, and I could spend more time with them.”

Bell said that he caught glimpses of his team s victory in Mumbai and felt part of it even though he was miles away.

“I saw bits and pieces and watched the highlights,” said Bell. “I saw the key things – it was an unbelievable performance by the guys.

“To come from where we were in the first Test, the guys regrouped and improved. The way Monty (Panesar) bowled as well was fantastic.”

“In a way, I still felt part of it. Over the last four or five years, it has never been just 11 players who have won every Test match. Even looking back at the Ashes, we still had to have a squad.

“So you still feel part of each victory.”

Speaking about the rash shot he played during the Ahmedabad Test that dismissed him for a first-ball duck when he tried to loft Pragyan Ojha over long-off , Bell said that it was a moment he will probably never be allowed to forget. But he defended the use of the shot and said that his attempt was a positive one.

“I ve got off the mark a lot with that shot over the last few years,” he said. It s a shot that is a big shot for me. My attempt was to be positive.”

“When it doesn’t come off, it doesn’t look particularly great,” he said.

“But that s probably the first one I ve hit straight up in the air in an England shirt – a lot of the time it goes where I want it to go. I m not going to put that shot away, but I ll probably have to pick a better time to play it.

Bell, however, admitted that it wasn t the best of shots to play in the situation when England were 69 for four.

“I take full responsibility it was a poor way to get out in that situation.”