Bell made 126 as England beat the tourists under the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-affected series opener at the Rose Bowl to go 1-0 up in the three-match series ahead of tomorrow’s clash at The Oval.
The 30-year-old’s innings, the cornerstone of England’s 288 for six, came just a day after he’d to have stitches inserted into a chin wound after being struck in the face while batting in the indoor nets.
He was fortunate then and was left thanking his good luck a second time on Saturday when the West Indies were adamant he was out, caught behind for 23 off Ravi Rampaul.
Bell admitted he’d nicked the ball but, with few current batsmen following the example of retired Australia great Adam Gilchrist in ‘walking’, West Indies’ Dwayne Smith said the incident was just part of the game.
Bell, asked if he’d edged the ball on 23, admitted: “Yes.”
However, Smith — whose 56 opening in place of the injured Chris Gayle was a rare highlight for the tourists — said: “There was a sound but the umpire said ‘not out’, so we can’t do anything about that.”