India v England: Ian Bell praises impact of new coach Ashley Giles
India v England: Ian Bell praises the impact of limited-overs coach Ashley Giles, insisting the tourists can recover from a tough week
Ian Bell has praised the impact of new limited-overs coach Ashley Giles, insisting that England can bounce back from last week’s two heavy one-day international losses.
The tourists are staring down another ODI series defeat, having lost the last two contests 5-0 in India.
But the 30-year-old believes the good work ethic brought in by the former Warwickshire coach will come to fruition soon.
“Preparation here has been outstanding – [Giles] prepares us well,” said Bell. “We couldn’t have asked for any more. The last two games we haven’t done basics right.
“He wants us to play with confidence, that’s what he has been pushing our way as players.”
Like England’s other senior players, Bell has failed to be consistent enough to trouble the reigning world champions India.
The batsman scored 85 in the series opener in Rajkot before hitting just one and 25 in the following two games.
Yet Bell is confident that his team-mates can reverse their fortunes like they did at the beginning of the tour, when they lost both warm-up matches in Delhi before triumphing in Rajkot.
“We lost two warm ups and we put in a performance [in Rajkot],” he said.
“We have to keep believing we can win, we’ve shown we can do that, but we have to our basics right and we have to perform.
“All 11 have to play well. India are a fantastic team, certainly in these conditions, and if we don’t perform well we’ll get beaten.
“We went into first ODI tying to do basics, get runs on he the board and get a batter batting majority of overs and we haven’t done that in the last two. If we do that we can push India.”