The return of Reverse Sweep – with a new year’s resolution to blog on a more regular basis – has stirred Jack S Pratt, the blog’s northern correspondent, out of his home brew inspired hibernation and he writes the following, which I’m sure many people agree with (all the spelling mistakes and literals are his): “Surely the time has come to put Ian Bell out of his misery and call a trmporary end to his England career. Watching him bat in recent innings has been torture and I suspect that is exactly how he feels every time he goes out to the crease. Ian Bell is one of the most gifted batters in world cricket but feeling that every innings could be your last is obviously destroying his cofidence and his capacity to enjoy his cricket.
Instead of sending him to the Windies the selectors should have told Bell to take some time off, spend the season playing for Warwickshire and resume his England career in 2010.
Hopefully this would allow Bell to get stacks of runs, rebuild his confidence and give him the chance to enjoy the game again.
I suspect that given this option by the England management Ian Bell would accept with a sense of total relief and in the long run it would be hugely beneficial to himself and to English cricket.”