Cricket: Bell Hoping the Critics Are Silenced after His Breakthrough Innings; Ian Bell, the Warwickshire and England Batsman, Talks to George Dobell, Chief Cricket Writer, about the Key Aspects of His Career

The Birmingham Post (England), July 19, 2008 | Go to article overview

Cricket: Bell Hoping the Critics Are Silenced after His Breakthrough Innings; Ian Bell, the Warwickshire and England Batsman, Talks to George Dobell, Chief Cricket Writer, about the Key Aspects of His Career


Byline: Ian Bell

Earliest cricketing memories: I remember playing cricket with my dad but the moment I knew I wanted to be a professional cricketer came in 1993. It was the NatWest Rnal at Lord's when Warwickshire beat Sussex in that amazing game. It really caught my imagination and was really a key moment for me. England didn't seem to win much at the time but Warwickshire were winning everything. I wanted to play for them from that moment.

Warwickshire: I feel very lucky. A few years after watching my heroes play at Lord's I was sharing a dressing-room with them. Playing alongside Dominic Ostler, Andy Moles and Dougie Brown was intimidating at Rrst but they were very supportive and I soon felt at home. Obviously there have been ups and downs along the way but it's fantastic to see the club getting back to the way it should be now. I don't ever want to play for another club and I'd like to captain it one day. Maybe that will have to wait until my England career comes to an end but I'd like to leave a massive mark on the club and help it achieve huge success.

Breakthrough: The innings the other day 199 v South Africa at Lord's feels that way. Maybe in the past I've been guilty of trying to bat the way other people thought I should. But that innings was the real me. After the double-century against Gloucestershire I had the conRdence to play my natural game and batted the way I knew I could. They were similar innings. I felt Quent throughout and hope I've silenced my critics now. Batting for that length of time is a massive conRdence boost and, now I've proved I can do it against a very good SouthAfrica attack, I feel conRdent I can do it again.

The other obvious breakthrough came in 2004. I made a lot of runs, including my Rrst double-century against Sussex at Horsham. I played pretty well earlier in that week against Shropshire and just carried on at Horsham. That period gave me a huge amount of conR- dence and helped proved to myself that I was good enough.

Highs: The summer of 2004. Winning the championship with Warwickshire was fantastic. It was no Quke - we played good cricket all summer long. And it was brilliant from a personal point of view as well. Apart from that Rrst double-century against Sussex at Horsham I hit a century in each innings against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

Lows: You only have to go back a few weeks for that. I was getting quite a bit of stick and times were pretty hard. It was the Rrst time in 18 months that I'd had a series where I hadn't scored the runs I should have and I knew the competition for places was growing. I tried to keep believing in myself but it's quite tough to deal with. I don't really read the papers but you can't help but hear about what people are saying.

I've very mixed emotions about the summer of 2005 too. I was part of a team that won the Ashes, which was amazing, but I knew I hadn't scored the runs I should have done. I was only 22 and knew it was part of my learning experience but I did feel I could have contributed more.

Limited-overs cricket: I guess I've a few questions left to answer in limited-overs cricket. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Cricket: Bell Hoping the Critics Are Silenced after His Breakthrough Innings; Ian Bell, the Warwickshire and England Batsman, Talks to George Dobell, Chief Cricket Writer, about the Key Aspects of His Career
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

    Already a member? Log in now.