Ian Bell says off-field antics won’t affect tour to Australia


Jonathon Trott’s bust-up with Wahab Riaz has just helped forge the England group dynamic, says Ian Bell.

Trott and Riaz shared an altercation in the nets before the fourth one day international which almost caused the game to be abandoned.

Pakistan won the game by 38 runs, setting up a series decider on Wednesday which England are 2/5 to win, but Bell believes England will be better for Trott’s clash, if not their defeat.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, this team would never leave someone to battle on their own – and no England team I’ve ever been involved in would do that,” Bell said.

“This incident has brought the guys closer together, and we hope that will help us in the future because the Australia tour will be tough.”

England head to Australia towards the end of November with the first test starting in Brisbane on November 25th and England will be aware that they haven’t won the Ashes in Australia since the 1986-87 tour.

Which would explain why Australia are as short as 8/13 to win the series, whilst England can be backed at 9/4 in the Ashes series betting market.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting has already talked of a whitewash win for the Australians and England will have to be on top of their game if they are to challenge the Wallabies.

One day international collapses like the ones we’ve just seen from England will not be good enough and a loss to Pakistan on Wednesday will severely dent the England camps confidence.

A draw would see Australia retain the Ashes and is available at 5/1. See the full Ashes series betting market here.