In February 2005, during the first test of the Wisden Trophy series at Sabina Park, I saw Ian Bell make four. It’s an innings that has remained with me. This was the game in which Jerome Taylor blew away England for 51 to bring the test to an abrupt and unexpected end after lunch on the fourth day.
Part time leggie Steven Smith got the ball to bite on Day 1 itself to take three key wickets to help Australia reduce England to 289 for 7. Smith got the important wickets of Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow and Matt Prior as England slipped away from an otherwise solid position of 271 for 4 after Tea.
England is on the brink of going 1-0 up in The Ashes after an absorbing final session on Day 4 at Trent Bridge. Australia collapsed from a solid position to end up at 174 for 6 in 71 overs at stumps. The hosts troubled the Aussies with both reverse swing and the sharp turn from Swann.
After three days of intense action at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England find themselves in the driver’s seat to win the opening Ashes Test. The hosts are looking pretty with an overall lead of 261 with four wickets in hand.
England crushed arch-rivals Australia by 48 runs at Edgbaston in Birmingham in their Group A Match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. James Anderson bowled magnificently taking 3 for 30 as England completely strangled the fragile Australian batting unit.
England finished their India tour with a consolation win in the Fifth and Final ODI at Dharamsala. The English victory was well set up by its bowlers who kept India down to 226 and the run chase was smoothly anchored by Ian Bell who scored an unbeaten 3rd ODI century.