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Ian Bell

Ian Bell played brilliantly to help England beat Bangladesh at Trent Bridge, but suffered a cruel injury in the field at Bristol

England batsman Ian Bell has today officially been ruled out of the forthcoming npower Test series against Pakistan due to the foot injury he suffered on Saturday during the second NatWest Series match against Bangladesh.

ECB chief medical officer Nick Peirce said: “Ian underwent a routine operation last night on the fractured metatarsal in his left foot.

“He will now undergo a course of rehabilitation that will see him ruled out of the upcoming Pakistan npower Test series.

“We expect Ian to make a full recovery, but his participation in the NatWest Series against Pakistan in September will be reviewed in due course once he has made significant progress with his rehabilitation programme.”