Champions Trophy 2013: Ian Bell happy to help England beat Australia
Champions Trophy 2013: Ian Bell says he was happy to lay a "good platform" for England to beat Australia in Group A
Ian Bell has admitted he was pleased to give England a good platform on which the hosts secured a 48-run victory over Australia in their opening ICC Champions Trophy tie.
England, aided by Bell’s knock of 91, posted a total of 269-9 with Jonathan Trott and Ravi Bopara also impressing for the hosts against the Wallabies at Edgbaston.
In response, Australia limped to a 221-9 in their Group A opener which provided Alastair Cook’s men with a timely boost after their ODI series loss to New Zealand.
“It was nice to get a decent score, I have been getting a lot of 30s and getting out,” Bell told BBC Sport.
“I was pleased to give us a good platform. I have enjoyed opening – it’s nice to play some shots at the top of the order.
“The wicket was different to the ones we are used to, the pace went out of it halfway through our innings but to get to 180-2 meant we were in a good position.”
Meanwhile, England captain Cook admitted his side could have surpassed 300 runs but praised his bowlers for their dominant performance.
“It was a good toss to win,” said Cook.
“We were 180-2, we should have got 300 but credit to them for the way they bowled at the death but I thought 270 was always going to be enough.
“Jimmy and Broady were exceptional in the first 10 overs. Jimmy is a great bowler, he just keeps getting better and better and we are lucky to have him.”