Bell: I feel lucky to have reached 100 caps

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England batsman Ian Bell will play his 100th Test match when his team takes on Sri Lanka at Headingley this week, and he says he's grateful to have played alongside some impressive team-mates.

England batsman Ian Bell will play his 100th Test match when his team takes on Sri Lanka at Headingley this week, and he says he's grateful to have played alongside some impressive team-mates.

Bell made his debut in 2004 against the West Indies, scoring 70 in his first knock, and has 20 centuries and 40 half tons to his name. He averages just over 45 going into the Leeds Test, where England will look to win the series after a drawn first Test.

The Warwickshire man told <i>Sky Sport News</i> of the milestone: "It's amazing to achieve this (100 caps). I wouldn't say it's all been straightforward, there have been some real lows as well as highs.

"I've really enjoyed the challenges we've had. The last few years have been brilliant. I feel lucky.

"When you look back when you finish I think that I've been very lucky to play in a great period of English cricket.

"There have been some great players that I've played with and I'm excited by the new challenges ahead of us as well."

Bell then went on to defend his side's over rate at Lord's, for which skipper Alastair Cook was fined 20 percent of his match fee, saying it was tricky to get through the overs without four fast bowlers in the attack.

The 32-year-old said: "We took that bit longer than normal so hopefully we can tweak a little bit here and there to get back up to speed.

"We certainly tried as much as we can to get round as fast (as we could) with a four-man seam attack, and I imagine here again with predominantly seam bowling we're going to have to get around as quick as we can."

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