BELL CHIMES IN WITH A CLASSY CENTURY

IAN BELL underlined his growing importance in the England batting line-up with a superb century against Australia A yesterday. The Warwickshire right-hander, traditionally identified as a weak link by the Aussies, missed most of the summer with a broken foot, but looked in fine fettle against a decent attack on a green pitch. Kevin Pietersen’s form, however, continues to be a worry. He was dismissed for just five.