Swanny’s World of Sport - The bell should toll for Ian

It's time to go for Ian Bell.
It's time to go for Ian Bell.
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Well done Alastair Cook and England for regaining the Ashes without any help from South African players.

But strip away the euphoria from beating our greatest rivals and there is still plenty for English cricket to be worried about.

This was a desperately poor, extremely tedious series settled by the odd great spell of seam bowling.

And England will remain an average side until they can find some dogged batsmen and a proper spin bowler.

Adam Lyth will quite rightly be discarded and Ian Bell should follow him.

Bell’s half-centuries in the series were entertaining enough, but also the product of a scrambled mind. He no longer trusts his technique enough to build a big innings.