Vaughan: Bell not in control of his technique


Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels that batsman Ian Bell has very little control over his batting these days, and that few people are 'comfortable' when Bell is at the crease.

Vaughan, who himself retired when his own form was starting to affect the team in 2008, seemed to suggest that Bell should start thinking about hanging up his England cap, after getting out for four in the second Test against Pakistan.

While Bell has scored a few half centuries in recent Tests, including two in Birmingham during the Ashes and one in the first Test of this series, Vaughan felt it was no longer a calm experience watching Bell bat.

Vaughan said on BBC radio’s Test Match Special in Dubai: "Ian Bell’s technique just isn't looking after him, at all. 

"If you take Edgbaston last summer out of it, when he smashed a few at number three, it’s a while since we've felt comfortable about Bell.

"Tim Southee had him with little outswingers, so did the Australians and now it’s happening against Pakistan. 

“For a long time now, I don’t feel that Ian Bell has any sort of control, certainly in the first 20 balls of his innings."

Bell's most recent century was against the West Indies in April, which was 10 Tests ago. His average is a touch above 43.