Home comforts for Bell
Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell is relishing the prospect of helping England become the number one ranked Test team in the world with victory over India in the third npower Test on his home ground.
England, already 2-0 ahead in the series, face India in the third npower Test at the newly-renovated Edgbaston on Wednesday, knowing a win would see them move to the top of the Test rankings.
Bell, who struck 159 in the second innings at Trent Bridge to set up a mammoth 319-run victory, has been influential in England’s progress over the last 18 months and is determined to impress on home soil.
“It’s hugely important. Edgbaston now as a venue and a club is lucky to have this game at the right time. Obviously the world’s going to see this new ground and a fantastic game to go with it,” he told ecb.co.uk.
“It’s an exciting time for the club and as a local player it’s a great opportunity to come out and represent your country in it.”
Bell has praised the spirit of both sets of supporters in the first two Tests and knows the Edgbaston crowd will provide another intimidating atmosphere.
“It will be great. Both games already have been supported fantastically well by both sets of supporters and Edgbaston has something special in terms of the atmosphere,” he said.
“It’s a noisy ground and I hope both sets of supporters come out like they have done in the last two Tests.
"It’s been a great series to be involved in. Both teams have played it hard and also the supporters have been incredible off the field as well.”
With England on the verge of clinching a series win against the current top-ranked Test side in the world, Bell knows England have to be professional in Birmingham.
“We haven’t always played well when we are on the edge of winning a series,” he added.
“Hopefully we can see this as a one-off game. What’s gone has gone now and we need to just look at this. We need to start again whether we lose the toss and it’s a good time to bowl and we have to bat. We are going to have to do really well.
“We have to win the first hour and that’s what we have done really well as a team. We try and break it down, win small bits and at the end add them all up."