Ashes 2013: Ian Bell thrilled to produce crucial England innings

Ashes 2013: Ian Bell says he was thrilled to post a crucial knock of 109 to leave England on the cusp of a first Test victory

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Ian Bell was ousted for 98 on day four Photo: FatMandy, via Flickr

Ian Bell admitted he was thrilled to produce a knock of 109 to leave England on the brink of a first Test victory over Australia at Trent Bridge.

The Wallabies posted a score of 161-3 at the close of play in response to the hosts setting a target of 311 runs, with Bell top-scoring for England.

Alastair Cook’s men were eventually dismissed for 375 runs, and Bell was thrilled to produce such a crucial innings.

“It is great to put together an innings when your team needs you to put you in a position to hopefully win a Test match,” said Bell.

“It was definitely my number one Ashes innings so far. Every Test match you play you want to construct the right innings at the right time and that’s what I managed to do on this occasion.”

Meanwhile, Australia captain Michael Clarke admitted the tourists need youngster Ashton Agar to emulate his knock of 98 in the first innings to have a chance of winning.

“You never know what is going to happen in this game,” said Clarke.

“We need Ashton Agar to play the type of innings he played in the first dig. Brad Haddin looks solid too. The wicket is dead but the ball is reverse-swinging.

“We need to start well tomorrow morning and think positively. We have some batting to do and if we do it well, we can win this Test match.”

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