Bell: Feet on the ground for Old Trafford

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England batsman Ian Bell is looking to move on from the win against India in Southampton, saying it is time for feet to be 'on the ground' as they go into the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

England batsman Ian Bell is looking to move on from the win against India in Southampton, saying it is time for feet to be 'on the ground' as they go into the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

The win at the Rose Bowl was England's first in 11 Tests since the Ashes last year, and it was a convincing one too. But Bell said they had to move on from it and look to take a series lead in Manchester.

The batsman told Sky Sports: "It was a good five days for us and it's nice to reflect on that but it's just the start for pushing along in the series.

"It's been a difficult 12 months, there's been a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes, and it was good to put a Test together exactly how we wanted.

"It would be nice to start again here at Old Trafford in the same way. We will talk about the game now in the meeting, hopefully have a few good days of preparation and hit the ground running on day one.

"It's feet on the ground time. We had a good five days but that's all. We have to start all over again and do the hard work all over again.

"We know what's ahead of us – India are a quality side. We have to do well on Thursday and then have five more good days and back up that good performance at Southampton. We're all excited about that challenge again."

The Warwickshire man was pleased with his own return to for at the Rose Bowl, scoring his first century in nearly a year, while other players like Gary Ballance and Joe Root also did well.

Bell continued: "As a top order player you're always looking for that big score. As a batting unit we want to set up games for the bowlers to win Test matches.

"It couldn't have gone better for us as a batting unit at Southampton. To get to 567 declared, instead of 400-odd and using our bowlers to get over the line, was a nice way to do it.

"We batted with intent in the second innings, but also giving the bowlers the opportunity to get 20 wickets is our job and the bowlers did exactly what they do on regular basis."

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