Bell Laments Poor Battling


Ian Bell admitted England had underperformed after a disappointing start to their Ashes defence at the Gabba.

Despite winning the toss and opting to bat, England lost skipper Andrew Strauss to the third delivery of the day.

Things went from bad to worst as Peter Siddle claimed a hat-trick on his way to a six-wicket haul as England were skittled for 260.

Bell’s confident knock of 76 and Alastair Cook’s dogged resistance of 67 were the lone highlights for the tourists in Brisbane.

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Although the Warwickshire batsman claimed England had failed to do themselves justice, he praised the efforts of Siddle.

“It was certainly under par,” he told Sky Sports News. “But we have to give credit to Siddle. He bowled a brilliant spell.”

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