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England's Ian Bell to miss Test series with Pakistan

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Bell sports a protective boot after breaking a metatarsal bone

England batsman Ian Bell has been ruled out of the Test series against Pakistan after undergoing surgery on a fractured metatarsal in his left foot.

Bell, 28, was injured during the second one-day match with Bangladesh on Saturday while attempting a catch in the 10th over.

The four-Test series against Pakistan begins on 29 July at Trent Bridge.

Bell's fitness for the one-day series in September against the same opponents will be reviewed in due course.

Nick Peirce, the England and Wales Cricket Board's chief medical officer, said Bell had undergone a routine operation on Monday.

Bell, who had only just returned to the one-day side, scored an unbeaten 84 as England took a 1-0 lead at Trent Bridge last Thursday.

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In Saturday's second match, he was in obvious distress upon landing after attempting to stop a shot to square leg from Junaid Siddique off England seamer Ajmal Shahzad and had to leave the field.

With England wickets tumbling in their reply, Bell came out to bat at number 11 with a protective boot on his foot and a runner, but he was not required to play a shot as England slumped to their first defeat by Bangladesh.

England recovered to win by 144 runs on Monday to take the series 2-1.

Bell's injury could offer Eoin Morgan an unexpected chance to reassert his Test credentials in the opening match at Trent Bridge.

Middlesex left-hander Morgan, the emerging star of England's one-day side, made his Test bow against Bangladesh earlier this summer but only because England had rested Paul Collingwood for the series.

With Jonathan Trott scoring a double century against the Tigers at Lord's, Morgan was the man most vulnerable to Collingwood's return but he should now get the nod.



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