Ian Bell wary of Irish threat

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Updated: March 1, 2011

English batsman,Ian Bell says England will be as focused for Wednesday’s World Cup tie against Ireland as they would be playing the likes of India.

England tied with India on Sunday but Bell is wary of the Irish threat and believes that his side will need to be fully focussed:

“This Irish team has guys who are respected in domestic cricket,” Bell said. “We’ll turn up like we’re playing India and make sure we do the basics right.”

Bell’s Warwickshire team-mate Boyd Rankin, conceded almost seven runs per over in Ireland’s loss to Bangladesh but the batsman believes his county teammate can do much better:

“I think Boyd has got a lot of ability and he is someone who could go quite a long way in this game. I have seen him bowl some fantastic spells at good pace and with really good bounce. Playing at Dhaka is probably not the easiest place to play for a 6ft 6in-plus guy. If you are slightly off line to someone as good as Tamim Iqbal, you get punished.”

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