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Ian Bell

Ian Bell has been in scintillating form since recovering from a broken foot sustained on England ODI duty in July

Ian Bell, who scored a century in yesterday's Clydesdale Bank 40 final, has been added to the England squad for the remainder of the NatWest Series.

The 28-year-old batsman has been called up for the last two one-day internationals against Pakistan after scoring 107 off 95 balls in Warwickshire's victory over Somerset at Lord's.

He was overlooked for the original squad as he had just returned from a broken metatarsal in his left foot sustained on England one-day duty against Bangladesh in July.

However, he has scored two half-centuries and two hundreds in four innings since returning to action earlier this month.

"When I did the injury the England guys and the specialists erred on the side of safety," Bell said yesterday.

"The surgeon suggested eight weeks off. I probably could have played after seven but was it worth risking ahead of Australia? Probably not.

"Hats off to the ECB, the physio Kirk Russell and Nick Peirce, the doctor - they got it right in terms of giving me enough time but also getting some cricket under my belt."

England lead the five-match series 2-1 following Friday's defeat at the Brit Insurance Oval. The sides meet at Lord's tomorrow before the curtain comes down on the English season at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday.

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