Lauren Bell might’ve only recently been brought into the England squad, but captain Heather Knight is excited about what her young teammate can bring to the table.
The fast bowler has been added as cover for Anya Shrubsole for the upcoming Ashes Test, who recently injured her ankle whilst playing for England A.
Since landing in Australia, Bell has been in great form the England A side. In three warm-up matches plus the T20s, she’s taken seven wickets at an average of 15.1.
Bell might only be 21-years-old, but she already has a wealth of experience domestically in England. Since her debut in 2015 she’s played 95 List A and T20 matches, with the one day format her strongest (57 wickets at an average of 20.2).
Speaking to media on Wednesday, Knight said she’s been impressed with what Bell has been able to produce for the England A side.
“She’s been brilliant, she’s been bowling very well for the A team, I’ve known Belly since she was 14 and she was about six foot tall,” Knight said.
“She offers something a little bit different, she’s going to be bowling a bit of bounce on this wicket. It’s important to get her in to have a bit of a look and for our batters to face a little bit of intimate bowling.”
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If Bell can make an impression across the rest of the Women’s Ashes series, Knight believes she’s got a place in the Test side for the future.
“She’s an option with the way she bowls on these wickets, it is very effective and she bowls wicket-taking balls,” she said.
“Definitely one for the future, one that’s really shown a lot of promise and been really exciting in the As.”
Knight added she hoped that Bell and the others bowlers can take after what Jhulan Goswami did in her last Test match against Australia.
The Indian veteran took three wickets across her two innings in September at figures of 2/33 and 1/8.
Claiming the wickets of both the Aussie openers in Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney in the first, she’s set the example for other nations to follow.
“[Goswami] was outstanding with the way she bowled, how she was disciplined with her length, found a little bit of movement and challenged the Aussie batters around the off stump line,” she said
“Had some thoughts about that a little bit, being really disciplined there, testing the Aussie batters technique. It’s something we talked about, we’ve got plans for different players as well and it’s just about how they execute it.”
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