Bell shows class with another ton

IAN Bell produced another class innings as England beat the Prime Minister's XI in a one-day warm up game in Canberra.

Opening the innings, Bell made an unbeaten 124 off just 102 balls with 13 fours and a six as England reached their revised target with nine balls to spare.

The PM's XI reached 254-9 in a rain-reduced 43 overs with Dan Christian making 53 and opener and captain Tim Paine 50.

Yorkshire's Ajmal Shahzad took 3-61 off his nine overs whilst spinner Michael Yardy took 3-33.

Bell and wicketkeeper Steven Davies posted the 50 in the tenth over and put on 82 before Davies was out for 24.

With rain meaning a second revised target of 223 off 35, Bell was joined by Jonathan Trott and they added 98 before Trott went for 48 off 55 balls.

Kevin Pietersen only made 13 but added 39 with Bell, the pair taking England to the brink of victory which they reached on 225-3 off 33.3 overs.

The innings will strengthen Bell's claim to a place in the one-day side for the forthcoming seven ODI's and also the Twenty20, a format he hasn't represented in for three years.

England meet Australia in the first of two Twenty 20 games in Adelaide tomorrow.

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