Great to play tough India with Yuvraj back in the side: Ian Bell

Updated: 06 November 2012 20:32 IST

The England batsman is relishing the challenge of facing up to a strong Indian challenge.

Ahmedabad:

England's Ian Bell is relishing the challenge of playing India in the upcoming Test series, starting November 15, and said that it is great to see that Yuvraj Singh has been picked for the series by the Indian selectors.

Praising Yuvraj's ability on the field and his heroic battle past cancer, Bell said that it would be great to play a strong Indian unit. "He is a fantastic player. It is great for him to be back in the Indian team. When we are on the field (however), it is upto us. We want to win this Test series. We know he is a world-class player which is exciting," he said during a media interaction session here on Tuesday.

When asked about Sachin Tendulkar, the 30-year-old admitted that while watching the legendary Indian cricketer bat is a treat, the team is
focussing on removing him early. "Sachin is one of the best players of all times. Playing against him is an honour. You like to get him out but when he gets runs, it's also quite nice to watch."

Bell also said that while conditions can be tricky in the sub-continent, his focus remains on scoring runs for his side. "In the back of your mind, you are thinking about home and the excitement that's going on over the next couple of weeks. (But) also it's important to get the cricket right. It is a bit tricky but while I am here, I want to score as many runs in that first Test match."

Topics : Cricket England India England in India 2012 Ian Bell Anil Kumble Gary Kirsten Yuvraj Singh Sachin Tendulkar
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