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Ian Bell to keep up good form in second South Africa ODI

| 28.08.2012

England’s first one-day international against South Africa may have been a washout in Cardiff, but that won’t have bothered Ian Bell.

The right-hander smashed 26 runs from just 18 balls during 5.3 overs, and the 30-year-old heads the betting for man-of-the-match in the 2nd ODI.

Fans will be hoping that Southampton is free from rain after play was abandoned in Wales, and England supporters will be looking to Bell to continue his good form.

The Coventry-born batsman eclipsed partner Alastair Cook, who managed just 10 runs from 15 balls. England’s captain is also 10/1 for man-of-the-match.

Having been left out of England’s Twenty20 squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, Bell offered the selectors a timely reminder of his abilities and will be keen to follow suit on the south-coast.

With back page column inches filled with the issues surrounding the controversial Kevin Pietersen recently, tension between the two sides could be high.

The Natal-born star was omitted from coach Andy Flower’s set-up for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to members of the South Africa team.

Pietersen has since offered a public apology, but test skipper Andrew Strauss has said that rebuilding trust with the player will take time.

Young Jonny Bairstow could be the long-term beneficiary of Pietersen’s text slip-up, but the Yorkshireman only made the bench in the first ODI.

If he does start in the next session then don’t be surprised if the 22-year-old makes a mockery of his 20/1 odds to be the best player on the day.

For South Africa, opening batsman Hashim Amla is also a 10/1 favourite to take the man-of-the-match accolade, with bowling star Dale Steyn priced at 12/1.

England can be backed in straight match betting at evens, while South Africa are 4/5 to triumph in Southampton.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Jamie Dickenson