New Delhi: When in form, Ian Bell is one of the most elegant batsman to watch. But that hasn't been the case of late, a major reason behind England's debacle in the last one and a half years.
In the current English batting line-up, apart from Alastair Cook and Joe Root, none of the batsmen in the top-order have looked convincing enough to combat Australia's world class pace attack.
Bell should consider himself extremely fortunate, since considering the lack of experienced players in the squad, selectors retained him and dropped Gary Ballance for the third Test to be played at Edgbaston.
While Bell started this year on a high note when he slammed 143 runs against West Indies, his career witnessed a huge slump since then, a period where he has managed just one half-century in 13 innings. In the same duration, Cook has slammed five half-centuries and two centuries, while Root has smashed four half-centuries and two tons.
While England are undergoing a transition phase, they cannot afford to carry an out of form batsman for too long.
Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have all looked in good rhythm and are likely to continue bowling at their best.
If England entertain any chances of making a comeback in the high-profile series, Bell, their senior batsman, will have to play some marathon knocks to bring them back on track.