That title’s tongue-in-cheek. You know that, right?
You do now.
Ian Bell hit 172 for Warwickshire as part of his bid to return to the England side. It’s a handy start and we’d be tempted to get ever-so-slightly agitated about it, if it weren’t for the fact that he scored 215 against Northamptonshire last season when his Test place was in a bit of doubt. We’ve been here before.
That said, Bell’s magnificent 199 against South Africa followed that innings, so he wasn’t merely indulging in county cricket batting average bolsteration – and yes, there is such a thing.
Everyone ignore Ian Bell. Maybe he’ll carry on.