England v India ODI series: Batsman Ian Bell ruled out of final ODI against India
Last Updated: 04/09/14 9:15am
Ian Bell has been ruled out Friday's final one-day international between England and India because of a broken toe.
The Warwickshire batsman was injured during throw-downs ahead of the fourth clash in Birmingham and subsequent X-rays confirmed a small fracture of his left big toe.
With Bell unable to help England in their attempt to salvage some pride from a disastrous ODI series, the hosts are expected to keep faith with the man who replaced him for Tuesday's nine-wicket defeat - Yorkshire's Gary Ballance.
A statement on the ECB website read: "England and Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell has been ruled out of the final Royal London one-day international against India on Friday with a small fracture to his big left toe sustained yesterday before the one-day international at Edgbaston.
"Bell will not be replaced in the squad for the remaining match."
England head for Leeds 3-0 down and the five-match series already lost, with many calling Alastair Cook's suitability as a limited-overs captain into question.
You can watch England v India live on Sky Sports 2HD on Friday at 10am.