Bell set to miss Pakistan series with foot injury

Bristol: Ian Bell is set to miss all of England’s upcoming Test series Pakistan after breaking a bone in his foot while fielding against Bangladesh in the second one-day international here on Sunday.

Bell, diving to his left at square leg in an attempt to catch Junaid Siddique in the 10th over, fell awkwardly as he landed.

The 28-year-old Warwickshire batsman was taken to hospital where an X-ray revealed he’d fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot.

England medical staff later released a statement saying Bell was set to be out for six or seven weeks and would definitely miss Monday’s third and final one-dayer against Bangladesh at Edgbaston.

They added his injury would be reviewed at the start of next week but that “at this stage it is unlikely Ian Bell will be available for selection for the Test series against Pakistan”, which starts at Trent Bridge on July 29 with the fourth and final Test commencing at Lord’s on August 26.

England lead the series against Bangladesh 1-0, with Bell having top-scored with 84 not out in the first ODI at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Bureau Report


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