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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 March 2006, 14:22 GMT
Bell backs England to come good
Ian Bell
Bell showed plenty of aggressive intent during his innings

Batsman Ian Bell insisted valuable lessons had been learned following England's five-run defeat in Jaipur by a Rajasthan President's XI.

It was the team's only warm-up fixture before beginning a best of seven one-day series against India.

"It was a bit tricky towards the end when they took the pace off the ball. To hit the rope was quite difficult.

"We don't like losing games of cricket and we'll put things right," said Bell, who top scored with 71 off 84 balls.

"We'll all be ready and focused for that first one-day international and ready to give a good account (of ourselves) for this series."

The home side totalled 260-6, thanks largely to an unbeaten 119 from Mohammad Kaif, who will face them again in Delhi on Tuesday.

Although England made a positive start in reply with Matt Prior hitting 55, they found scoring more difficult once the home side turned to spin.

"There's a lot of things we can take out of the game and learn about chasing and playing one-day cricket in India.

"When you get yourself in, when batters have been there for a while, it gets easier. It's hard for new batters to come in and start striking the ball well, especially when the spinners are on," said Bell.

Ian Blackwell was one of four run out victims
England need to improve their running between the wickets

England's cause was not helped by four run outs.

"Generally we controlled the game until the run outs came into it.

"It was one of those days on which we misjudged a couple and they happened to field well and take the chances that came up, but it was disappointing to have so many in one innings," Bell commented.

His own innings did his chances of playing a significant part in the series against India no harm.

He has been an infrequent member of the one-day side since making his debut in Zimbabwe in November 2004 and has only played 10 games so far, four fewer than his number of Test caps.

Bell opened the batting in the third Test against India after Alastair Cook dropped out because of illness, but is unlikely to fill the same role in the shorter form of the game, having gone in at five in Jaipur.

"I'm just trying to enjoy my cricket and score as many runs as I can. If I can keep chipping away and working hard, hopefully I can get myself in the one-day side as well.

"I'd love to play one-day international cricket for England as well as Test cricket. I'm more than happy to bat anywhere," Bell added.

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