Bell to replace Pietersen as opener in England's ODI team

Last Updated: Tue, Jun 12, 2012 09:23 hrs

Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell will replace Kevin Pietersen as Alastair Cook's opening partner in the England's ODI team.

Bell's last ODI appearance came against India last October. The absence of Pietersen may also provide Cook, the ODI captain, with a chance to return to the ranks under Stuart Broad in T20 cricket.

Test skipper Andrew Strauss branded Bell as one of the best players in the world, and backed him to turn a stop-start one-day career into a memorable one.

"Ian is one of the best players in the world and can adapt to any form of the game," said Strauss.

England boss Andy Flower confirmed Bell would replace Pietersen at the top of the order, The Daily Mirror reports.

"We don't want him to do a similar job to Kevin, we want him to be Ian Bell and play great one day international cricket," he said.

England one-day squad: Cook, Anderson, Bairstow, Bell, Bopara, Bresnan, Broad, Dernbach, Finn, Kieswetter, Morgan, Patel, Swann, Trott. England T20 squad: Added: Briggs, Buttler, Hales. Removed: Cook, Trott, Anderson and Bell.

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