Ian Bell not concerned after England crushed in warm-up match in India
Last Updated: 06/01/13 5:35pm
Ian Bell: made 91 in a losing cause for England
Ian Bell shrugged off England's humbling 53-run defeat to India A in their ODI warm-up match in Delhi.
Chasing a revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 229 to win, England were skittled out for 175 as Ashley Giles reign as ODI coach began with a heavy defeat.
"We were desperate to win today and it wasn't to be, but hopefully we can go forward now. We have the talent and the quality to win the first ODI and that's what we'll be focusing on."
The match was one of two warm-ups ahead of the five-match ODI series against India.
Bell had more reason to smile than the rest of his team-mates, managing 91 in 89 balls at the top of the innings and insisted the result need not derail England's plans for the series.
"Obviously it is disappointing today but we can learn from these mistakes," he said.
"We were desperate to win today and it wasn't to be, but hopefully we can go forward now. We have the talent and the quality to win the first ODI and that's what we'll be focusing on.
"Hopefully we can put in a good performance in the next warm-up game (against a Delhi XI on Tuesday)."
Bell opened with Kevin Pietersen - who scored 19 - but when Alastair Cook returns (the skipper missed the match with a cold) one will have to drop down the order.
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And Bell laid an early claim, scoring well over half of England's runs.
"I've enjoyed opening, 100 per cent, it's gone really well in the last three series," said Bell.
"We've got plenty of options but it's something I've really enjoyed and something hopefully I do consistently now.
"It's nice to be at the top of the order and get some time in the middle.
"Kev played really well actually," added Bell. "It's a shame he got out but I guess at the top of the order, with the fielding restrictions you have to take the odd risk. But he was going really nicely and it was a shame to lose him."