Ashes 2013: England’s Ian Bell pleased with century on day one

Ashes 2013: Ian Bell admits he was pleased to score a third successive Ashes Test century on day one at Lord's

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Ian Bell admitted he was pleased with his third successive Ashes Test century after his knock of 109 helped the hosts finish on 289-7 on day one of the second Test at Lord’s.

The England batsman came to the crease after Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen were dismissed to leave the hosts on 28-3 before Bell and Jonathan Trott steadied the ship.

Trott posted a score of 68 before Bell and Jonny Bairstow put on a stand of 144 runs before the former was dismissed, with Australia’s Steve Smith taking a late flurry of wickets.

Bell emulated Jack Hobbs, Wally Hammond and Chris Broad, who all scored Ashes centuries in three successive matches, but the 31-year-old played down his achievement.

“It’s nice, today was about trying to get as many runs as we could and if that comes with it that’s good,” said Bell.

“Credit has to got to Australia, Harris coming back into the team bowled really well myself and Jonathan Trott and myself had to leave really well.”

He added: “You know Australia are just going to keep coming at you and you’ve never got enough.

“Today was another great day of Test cricket, coming from Trent Bridge we had an amazing match there and it looks like we’ve got another one here at Lord’s.

“We’ll see as the game goes on what a good first innings score is. If the dry conditions stay we know we have quality bowlers who can bowl reverse swing and then later on spin will come into it.”

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