Ian Bell gets some unwarranted abuse, but if Paul Harris bowls a ball that will hit the stumps if it goes straight on, you bloody well get your bat in the way.
We distinctly remember Ian Bell leaving a straight one from Shane Warne before now and that was bad enough. Paul Harris’s variations are ‘the one that doesn’t grip’, ‘the one that goes straight on’, ‘the arm ball’ and ‘the dart’.
Sometimes we feel moved to defend Ian Bell, but at other times, it’s like telling people that your mate who’s a wanker isn’t actually a wanker at all. You say he’s just opinionated, but then next thing you know he’s pushing a pregnant woman over because he thought she was pushing in at the supermarket checkout.