Cricket: GRIEF STRICKEN; Bell: Edgbaston Should Dedicate a Woolmer Memorial ENGLAND V KENYA WORLD CUP GROUP C: TODAY, 1.30PM

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Cricket: GRIEF STRICKEN; Bell: Edgbaston Should Dedicate a Woolmer Memorial ENGLAND V KENYA WORLD CUP GROUP C: TODAY, 1.30PM


Byline: Dean Wilson CRICKET CORRESPONDENT in ST. LUCIA

ENGLAND'S management will sit down with Ian Bell ahead of today's crucial game with Kenya in a bid to help him with his grief of Bob Woolmer's death.

While the news of Woolmer's murder has hit the entire squad hard, with the likes of Paul Nixon having worked with him in club cricket in South Africa, Bell was the England player closest to the 58-year-old.

Woolmer made his coaching name by taking Warwickshire to a historic treble in 1994 as a young Bell made his tentative steps through the county's youth system.

It was in 1999, following his successful stint as South Africa coach, that Woolmer took Bell under his wing in his second spell at Edgbaston, bringing the 24-year-old into the limelight.

And Bell has echoed sentiments back in the UK that there should be a memorial to Woolmer at the ground that brought both him and the county so much success.

On hearing of Woolmer's death Bell said: "I grew up watching the most successful Warwickshire side coached by Bob.

"I always looked up to him and captain Dermot Reeve and I was so lucky to have been able to work with him for three years.

"He really helped my game and I could always talk to him about my game. I've never known anyone who had such a good eye for technique, he could tell just from watching me whether I was gripping the bat too tight or where I was making little errors. …

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