It's great to be back

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After being out with an ankle injury for more than seven weeks it was great to finally get out on the park on Sunday.

It's been a frustrating time, especially the first three weeks when I was on crutches and wearing a protective boot. Time went pretty slowly but once I got my head around the fact I had a serious injury I relaxed a bit more.

I was at Edgbaston most days even when I was on crutches, working with the physio and doing upper body weights in the gym.

When the boot came off and I ditched the crutches, I was hobbling around to start with but soon put weight on it before doing work in the gym to strengthen the muscles in my foot. I completed my recovery by bowling some overs out in the middle at Edgbaston.

My comeback, in the Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Derbyshire last weekend, went pretty well. I felt in a good rhythm considering it was my first bowl of the season. I got an early wicket, Martin Guptill, which eased some nerves and ended with 2-20.

I was just pleased to help the team win. The lads have done really well this season and are unbeaten so I didn't want to be the unlucky charm.

Ian Bell

It's been great having Belly and Trotty with us for the last couple of weeks but they are now both on England duty

We have pinpointed one-day cricket as something we want to improve on. We won the Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2010 but did not play well last year - that's something we want to change.

The lads have made a fantastic start to the season. The bowling has strength in depth which you need during a long season and the batters have done well too. It certainly helped having Belly and Trotty back for the last couple of weeks.

We have won three of our four LV= County Championship games - we'd have taken that at the start of the season. We have a tough game tomorrow against Lancashire so we'll be keeping our feet on the ground.

Lancashire have not found the same form as last season. I'm sure it isn't complacency; it just hasn't happened for them. We were in a similar position last season and almost won the title which shows how quickly things can change around.

I'm in the squad for the game at Edgbaston and despite not playing a championship game this season I feel like I have overs under my belt. The ankle is feeling strong too.

Nothing can prepare you for the real thing though and I'm sure I'll be feeling stiff and sore after a day in the field.

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