Looks good ‘four’ Bell

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Ian Bell will approach his 100th one-day international innings today hoping he can ‘put his name’ on England’s number four position.

Bell has filled all but numbers eight and nine in his 103 ODI appearances so far, but aged 29 has yet to establish himself in the batting spot that looks made for him.

Kevin Pietersen’s inhabitation of that ‘gun’ position has meant Bell and others have had to make themselves adaptable - as either openers or low middle-order hitters.

But with Pietersen rested, opportunity knocks for the Warwickshire batsman to make himself at home in the batting slot from which he made two half-centuries in England’s stuttering World Cup campaign in India this year.

One of those came in the tied group match against the hosts in Bangalore - and facing those same opponents in the second Series, the portents are good for Bell.