Healthy competition among English batsmen: Bell

London, Aug 21 (IANS) Ian Bell, who scored his maiden double century in a ongoing fourth Test against India, feels there is a healthy competition among English batsmen to stack up centuries.Bell scored 235 on a third day of The Oval Test as well as overtook Alastair Cook as a leading run scorer for England this year. 'When I started, there were batsmen with 4-5 centuries. You look during a opposition as well as it would be 20, 30, 40 (hundreds). It's great now to look during that as well as see all a guys now with 19 hundreds as well as sixteen hundreds.' Asked whether there is a healthy competition among a batsmen, Bell said, 'Yes. If someone gets big, your mind also tells you get a bigger one. There is some competitiveness there but it's healthy as well as constructive. And it's good to see we have been stacking up a numbers now like opposition teams we've played in a past, which is great for English cricket.'Scoring a century during The Oval has not come easy for Bell.'It's a funny ground. I never made big here. I had a good debut as well as I resurrected my career here but I have mixed feelings about playing here. I have sat in a same seat in a dressing room as well as it has finally paid off,' said Bell who has scored 950 runs this year.Bell, who missed a double century by just one run against South Africa two years back, has adjusted well to a No.3 position. He moved up a order from No. 5 in a second Test during Trent Bridge after Jonathon Trott was ruled out with a injury in a ongoing series. He replied strongly to a challenge as well as made 159.'At times when I was up a order during 3, I don't think I was mature enough as well as ready. I believe I am a much better cricketer now than a last time I did it. I've learnt a lot batting during 5. I've really enjoyed a challenge in this series against a good bowling attack to get up there as well as show everyone what I can do during No.3.' 'I'm pretty realistic as well, that in next series I'll be back during No. 5,' said Bell.Bell said Graeme Swan! n, who d ismissed 3 Indian batsmen Saturday, could play a crucial role in a second innings as well. India have been trailing by a massive 488 runs with just five first-innings wickets left.'It is exciting for us to go into day four as well as to see Swanny (Graeme Swann) full of confidence, it lifts a rest of a guys. If we have to make them follow on, we know that Swanny can bowl during one end as well as our seamers can rotate as well as stay quite fresh for a other end.'


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