Jonathan Trott’s unfortunate absence from England’s batting line-up leaves a gaping hole for the second Test at the Adelaide Oval, but there is one man suitably equipped to fill it.
Trott’s Warwickshire teammate, Ian Bell, has long had designs on batting at first drop for his country. In fact, there was a time when it would have been strange to read an interview with the right-hander where the subject of his desire to do so wasn’t broached.
Since his fellow midlands batting partner’s emergence on the scene, those rumblings subsided but, with the prospect of moving up the order a very real one and with Bell a far better player to be able to cope with the task now than he’s even been before, it’s time to cash in.
The silky strokemaker has clocked up 21 Test matches and 37 innings at number three. At 39.91 his batting average in the position is far worse than his offerings at numbers five or six, where he boasts figures of 49.58 and 59.92 respectively.
However, a chronological list of his scores in the position suggests he was growing into the role before Trott came along and snatched the key to the number three spot away from him. His last six scores in that position were 72, 4, 159, 34, 235 and 3 and that double ton remains his highest ever Test score.
That bet is made even firmer when Bell’s record against the Aussies at number three is considered, where he’s recorded a half century in five of the six matches in which he’s strode to the middle with his side one wicket down.
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