Manchester : England batsman Ian Bell has urged the two teams should focus on the on-field play in the finely poised five-match series as the action shifts to the fourth Test at Old Trafford starting on Thursday.
Bell, who stroked a masterful 167 in the third Test at Southampton help England comeback in the series with a 266-run win after the Lord’s loss, is looking forward to some exciting cricket.
“At 1-1 in three Tests and two matches to go, this is a great series,” said Bell. “This is the kind of series you want to be involved in. The fourth Test should be exciting too because this is an exciting place to come and play (referring to Old Trafford). Hopefully it will be similar to the pitch we had in Southampton with a little more pace, which you do get here,” he added.
The series though has been marred by the James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja saga from the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge when the English fast bowler was alleged to have pushed the Indian all-rounder.
The ICC’s judicial commission had dropped charges against both players, although the BCCI is said to have asked the governing body to reconsider the verdict given out on August 1.
“I have only just heard about that that now,” said Bell, referring to the BCCI’s request for a review of the verdict. “Apart from this one incident, there hasn’t been any other incident on the field. I would even say that the chatter has been less than in other series and it has been played in the right spirit.
Even if things are said, it is a tough environment out there in the middle. It shouldn’t go past the line, but in this series apart from that incident that’s been talked about a lot, nothing has.”
“The way Jimmy (Anderson) has handled it and got the man-of-the-match at Southampton with everything around the corner afterwards. It is great that he has been able to put it aside. I am sure all other players will do the same and we would rather focus on a good series rather than talking about one incident that got blown out of proportion,” the batsman added.