Bell out of Pakistan series

2010-07-13 14:05

London - England batsman Ian Bell was ruled out on Tuesday of the upcoming Test series against Pakistan after breaking his left foot while fielding in the second one-day international against Bangladesh last weekend.

"Ian underwent a routine operation last (Monday) night on the fractured metatarsal in his left foot," Nick Peirce, the England and Wales Cricket Board's chief medical officer, said in a statement issued Tuesday.

"He will now undergo a course of rehabilitation that will see him ruled out of the upcoming Pakistan npower Test series.

"We expect Ian to make a full recovery but his participation in the NatWest (one-day) Series against Pakistan in September will be reviewed in due course once he has made significant progress with his rehabilitation programme."

Bell, in an attempt to catch Junaid Siddique in the second one-day international at Bristol on Saturday, fell awkwardly on landing after diving at square leg. He looked in pain immediately and went off the field.

The 28-year-old was unable to bat in his listed position of No 3 but did come out wearing a surgical boot and with a runner as last man for the final over in a vain attempt to help England get the 10 runs they needed for victory.

As it was, Bangladesh won by five runs - their first victory against England in 21 matches across all formats - to level the three-match series at 1-1 after Bell's 84 not out in the first ODI at Trent Bridge had helped put the hosts in front.

But England, without the injured Warwickshire batsman, recovered to beat Bangladesh by 144 runs in the third ODI at Bell's Edgbaston home ground on Monday and so win the series 2-1.

The four-match series against Pakistan, starting at Trent Bridge on July 29, is England's last Test campaign before they begin their defence of the Ashes in Australia in November.