Bell, Sidebottom get England call
London: England added batsman Ian Bell and left-arm quick Ryan Sidebottom to their squad today as they named a 13-man party for the second Test against the West Indies at Chester-le-Street starting on Thursday.
Bell and Sidebottom were the only additions to the team that thrashed the West Indies by 10 wickets at Lord's on Friday. Monty Panesar, who was in the 12-man first Test squad before being left out on the morning of the match, was omitted from the squad after fellow spinner Graeme Swann produced a man-of-the-match display at Lord's.
Bell was dropped after England's Test defeat against the West Indies in Jamaica three months ago. And he lost out on the No 3 position at Lord's to Ravi Bopara, who made a Test-best 143. Bell though has been in fine early season form for Warwickshire and offers England an extra batting option ahead of the final match of the series.
Sidebottom, whose tour of the West Indies was cut short by an Achilles tendon injury, could, if selected, prove effective on a Riverside ground with a reputation for assisting seamers. "Both Bell and Sidebottom have been in form in the early part of the season and have been a part of the England set-up in recent years," said England national selector Geoff Miller in an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement today.