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Bell axed for SA tour

ENGLAND has dropped under-performing batsman Ian Bell from its test squad for the forthcoming tour of South Africa, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced yesterday.

With 7,727 runs, Bell is the eighth-highest test scorer in England’s history, but the 33-year-old has struggled for form of late and has scored only one test century since July 2014. Batsmen Nick Compton and Gary Ballance both earn recalls, but Adil Rashid drops out, leaving Moeen Ali and Samit Patel as England’s frontline spinners. England arrives in South Africa on December 11 and is due to play four test matches, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 internationals between late December and late February.


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