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Bell thanks India for recalling him in Trent Bridge Test

October 19, 2011 22:51 IST

England batsman Ian Bell has publicly expressed his gratitude to India for recalling him after a controversial run-out during the second Test at Trent Bridge in August.

Bell, who might play in the third ODI in Mohali on Thursday, said he committed an "honest mistake" by assuming that the ball was dead and walking off the field for tea on the third day of the second Test.

Ian Bell"It was an honest mistake. It was wrong to assume the ball was dead, and just to walk off was my fault. But, yes, I'm obviously grateful. If I could go back in time and the situation was different, I'd do it differently," Bell was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

"I hope people understand that things like that happen in cricket. I think something similar happened to VVS Laxman in the West Indies and he wasn't called back, and the Indians were really annoyed about that. But they wouldn't have changed the decision if they didn't think it was the right thing for the game. Hopefully we can just move on," added Bell.

The 29-year-old said though he wants to cement his place in the ODI side, he is yet not clear about his role in the team as he never had a fixed position in the England line-up.

"I've never really had that clarity of what I need to go out and do. I'm experienced enough to know how to go out and play one-day cricket, but I still don't feel I know 100 per cent what my role is," Bell said.

"I'm desperate to get up the order. If anyone asked me, I'd want to bat in the top three. But one of my strengths but also one of my problems is that I'm quite flexible. I can start against spin, I can start against the new ball.

"So I've become that kind of player: 'He can bat at six, four or he can open.' Whereas others probably occupy specialist positions.

"In my 100-odd one-day internationals, I haven't had a long string of games in one position. I've chopped and changing all the time," he added.

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