Ian Bell ruled out of final England-India ODI

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 04, 2014, 00:15 AM IST
Ian Bell ruled out of final England-India ODI

Ian Bell has been ruled out of England`s fifth and final one-day international against India at Headingley with a broken toe, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday.

The batsman`s injury was due to be assessed during practice on Thursday, but England have already decided that he will not be able to play in Friday`s match.

"England and Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell has been ruled out of the final Royal London ODI against India on Friday with a small fracture to his left big toe, sustained yesterday (Tuesday) before the ODI at Edgbaston," the ECB said in a statement.

"Bell will not be replaced in the squad for the remaining match."

Bell was hit on his left foot while batting against throw-downs before Tuesday`s nine-wicket defeat at his Edgbaston home ground, where Gary Ballance deputised for him at number three.

England`s defeat in Birmingham confirmed their series defeat and left them hoping to avoid a 4-0 whitewash in Leeds.