Bell wants lead of 150-plus

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Batsman Ian Bell is all but banking on a lead of 150-plus on day three of England's fourth Test against India at Old Trafford in Manchester on Saturday.

Batsman Ian Bell is all but banking on a lead of 150-plus on day three of England's fourth Test against India at Old Trafford in Manchester on Saturday.

Day two was severely curtailed by rain, as the home side moved to 237 for six in response to the tourists' 152 all out. Bell enjoyed a tidy half-century and all-rounder Joe Root later delivered an unbeaten 48.

"It is poised very nicely. Hopefully on Saturday we can get past a 150 lead, which would put us in a nice position. So far it has been a great Test match, probably the best cricket wicket we have had all season – good pace, good to bat on – something there for everyone," said Bell.

The English had slipped to 140 for five before Root and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler orchestrated a rearguard alliance, which is currently unbroken on 67. Saturday, provided the inclement weather stays away, will bring the opportunity to develop this.

"Hopefully the sun is shining and it's good to bat. Overheads make a big difference but they certainly are a pair that can take this game forward for us. If the likes of Buttler bat for a period of time, they are going to score at a rate," added Bell. "We've got two good young guys there who can move this game forward for us."

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