Bell: Batsmen disappointed with dire effort

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England batsman Ian Bell conceded that his side's batsmen had a terrible day in Adelaide on Saturday, finding themselves all out for 172 and not giving the bowlers much of a chance to salvage the second Test.

England batsman Ian Bell conceded that his side's batsmen had a terrible day in Adelaide on Saturday, finding themselves all out for 172 and not giving the bowlers much of a chance to salvage the second Test.

At stumps Australia held a led of 530 runs, with David Warner on 83, after starting their second innings in the evening session. Of England's batsmen, Bell was the top scorer, making 72 not out, while the rest crumbled as Mitchell Johnson took seven wickets.

Bell told <i>Sky Sports 2</i> at the close: "It was thoroughly disappointing. A very good wicket here and we haven't given our bowlers any opportunity to get back in the game.

"It's disappointing, the guys are hurting but I can reassure you they are training and doing everything they possibly can to put this right in the second innings.

"As a group over a number of years, we've shown the amount of fight we have in that dressing room.

"We haven't put it quite right so far on this trip but there's a lot of guys in there with a lot of cricket still to go in this series that will show people that we have got the fight.

"It starts tomorrow and the last day so we certainly have to fight hard. As an England team, we haven't done anything close to what we're capable of doing and what we should do for everyone else watching."

When asked if he would be moved up to three in place of Joe Root, Bell added: "We'll see, it's not my decision really. I've just got to go and do what I can for the team.

"I'm happy to bat anywhere for the team but I thought Rooty played very, very well until that dismissal. I thought he shaped up brilliantly against the new ball."

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