Bell ‘shocked’ over Beer’s selection for Perth Test

Updated: Dec 12, 2010, 16:38 PM IST

Perth: England batsman Ian Bell has said that the selection of Western Australia left-arm spinner Michael Beer in Australia’s 12-man squad for the third Ashes Test to be played in Perth next week is a ‘bit surprising’.

Bell said that Beer certainly could not be ready for Test cricket after playing just five first-class matches for Western Australia.

“One hundred per cent no. It’s obviously a little bit surprising. It’s not really anything for us to worry about,” a newspaper quoted Bell, as saying.

“That’s what Australia have got to think about and their changes are up to them,” he added.

The 26-year-old is the 10th spin bowler and the most unusual to be selected since the retirement of leg-spin legend Shane Warne nearly four years ago.

ANI