Tell us what you think of the new cricket section at whatdoyouthink@bskyb.com

Don't show again

Bell ready for scrap

Bell looking for England to seize the initiative against Sri Lanka

Ian Bell: Hit 52 as England endured a tough day with the bat in Galle

Loading Market ...

Cricket Betting

Up To £30 Free Matched Bet

Ian Bell is ready for the scrap on day three of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Galle.

The match is delicately poised after England were dismissed for 193 in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 318 before the tourists then hit back, reducing the hosts to 84-5 - a lead of 209 - by stumps.

Bell top scored for England with 52 off 87 balls, including eight fours and a six, and says every run will count on day three.

He told Sky Sports: "Every run is going to be crucial from now.

"Obviously it's certainly drying up a little bit the wicket, a little bit more spin, but every run - when it comes down to this - every run is crucial so we want to back the bowlers up in the field, dive around for them and then, like I say, put on a bit of a better batting performance and try and knock-off some runs.

"We're all in one team, we'll scrap hard together and hopefully come out starting well tomorrow in the first hour and hopefully have a good day for England tomorrow."

Regarding his half-century, Bell said: "It's nice to spend a bit of time out in the middle. It's been a while, so it's nice to go past 50 but it would have been nice to get a few more.

"But it's been, I guess, a tough day for us."

Good wicket

"We're all in one team, we'll scrap hard together and hopefully come out starting well tomorrow in the first hour and hopefully have a good day for England tomorrow."

Ian Bell

Quotes of the week

In total, 17 wickets fell on day two of the game, but Bell insisted it was a good wicket.

"To be fair I think it's a good wicket - certainly there's not a lot of margin for error for the seamers. Our seamers have been outstanding all the way this game, there's not a lot there for them," he said.

"The odd bit of spin but yes I think it's a pretty good wicket to be honest with you."

He added the tourists had tried to be positive, stating: "I think when you're playing spin you can't just sit there and try survive all day, you have to be proactive and we tried to do that.

"It didn't quite work for us today but we'll keep going again.

"It's not been a great winter (for the batting unit), we haven't really backed up our bowlers, our bowlers have been outstanding all the way through this winter and we haven't backed them up as a batting unit so we'll be looking hopefully to get five wickets first thing tomorrow and put in a better effort trying to knock-off or chase a score."