'Bell should have been out'

2011-08-01 15:56

Nottingham - Former England captain Nasser Hussain said Ian Bell was fortunate to have been reprieved by India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after a bizarre run out in the ongoing second Test.

VIDEO: Ian Bell's controversial run out

Bell batted superbly but was then was run out on 137 off the last ball before tea on Sunday's third day here at Trent Bridge.

Having completed three runs with Eoin Morgan after Praveen Kumar's misfield, he sprinted off the field believing the ball had gone for four and was consequently 'dead'.

In fact it was still 'live' and a stunned Bell was eventually given out.

England coach Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss went to the visitors' dressing room at tea to ask India, whose coach is ex-England supremo Duncan Fletcher, if they wanted the appeal to stand.

And towards the end of the interval, India reinstated Bell, who later admitted he was "naive and a bit stupid".

He went on to make 159 as England ended the day on 441 for six in their second innings - already a lead of 374 runs - as they looked to go 2-0 up in this four-match series.

Hussain, writing in Monday's Daily Mail, said: "I must say when I was England captain, in the heat of the battle, I would have appealed, definitely.

"I am not sure I would have done what (India captain) Mahendra Singh Dhoni did and withdrawn the appeal."

However, India-born Hussain, Fletcher's first captain when the Zimbabwean was England coach, added: "But if someone like Duncan Fletcher, who was involved in India's decision yesterday (Sunday), had then sat me down and said: 'Nass, this doesn't look good, I think we should call the batsman back here' then there is every chance I would have listened and changed my mind.

"His (Dhoni's) gesture is in the best interests of the game will be remembered for a long time," added Hussain, one of several former Test players working as broadcasters at Trent Bridge.

But former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding said the original run out decision ought to have stood.

"Ian Bell should have been watching the final session of the day from the England dressing room," Holding, a Sky TV colleague of Hussain, said.

"He decided he was the umpire. He decided that it was four runs and he was off for a cup of tea.

"He has no right to do that. The umpires decide what is four runs and when it is tea time."


  • Ichabod - 2011-08-01 16:25

    The Indians must be getting a bit soft. This is test cricket. If some idiot reckons he hit 4 runs and then also decides that it's tea time for him then he deserves to get run out. Unbelievable stuff, and the frikken cheek to go into the Indian dressing room to ask for leniency. Stupidity is it's own punishment, and Bell should've been punished.

      tykie - 2011-08-01 16:47

      I agree with you. Also, they keep saying it is in the 'spirit of the game'...surely Bell should have said that, because he made a mistake and rules are rules, he would agree with the decision 'in the spirit of the game'. England should take a long hard look at themselves.

  • Thato Goitsemang - 2011-08-01 18:26

    This is the same England that refused Graeme Smith a runner, the same England that ran a New Zealand player out after their bowler charged him and floored him like a wrestler - double standards of the highest order. What a let-off, and what a short memory this England team has. Damnit!

      Mervyn - 2011-08-03 18:40

      I totally agree - and I am an England supporter ! I learnt at school that the ball is "alive" until the umpire says it isn't. Any action you may take upon youself in the interim must be fully your responsibility. Bell was out, and should have stayed out !

  • silverflash - 2011-08-01 18:31

    Bell reminded me of a council worker just leaving everything to go to tea lol

      Caleb Moyce - 2011-08-03 15:44

      He must be SA born too...hmmm

  • vivienne berry - 2011-08-01 19:16

    if it was the any ball of the over(not last before tea),Bell would have been out and i think the test series would have been even better,bad feeling,high tension and great sledging,As an England fan,i do believe indian are out of the series now.bell was out,and straus and flower where out of order putting pressure on Indian dressing room.

  • Wesley - 2011-08-04 08:59

    couldn't agree more.... Bell should've been out and India should never have reversed the call...... but then again, if they didn't reverse the call, the crowds would've been at their throats non stop....... what is cricket coming to...... sad sad sad!!!

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