Bell taken to hospital

Injury may hand Test chance to Eoin Morgan

Last updated: 10th July 2010  

Bell taken to hospital

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England batsman Ian Bell fractured the fifth metatarsal of his left foot during Saturday's ODI against Bangladesh at Bristol, the England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed.

Bell injured himself after falling awkwardly on his left foot while attempting an athletic catch at square leg in the 10th over, and left the ground in an ambulance soon afterwards. X-rays confirmed he had fractured his fifth metatarsal.

Bell, who only made his return to the limited-overs side in Thursday's victory at Trent Bridge, will definitely miss the third one-day game against Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Monday.

His condition will be reassessed next week but the England and Wales Cricket Board expect him to out of action for at least six weeks, all but certainly ruling him out of the entire Test series against Pakistan. The four-match series begins at Trent Bridge on July 29 and concludes at Lord's from August 26.

Morgan's chance

Bell's hopes of making this winter's Ashes squad are unlikely to be affected by the news, but it does provide Eoin Morgan with the chance to stake his claim for a slot in the first-choice Test XI.

Morgan, the emerging star of England's one-day side, made his Test bow against Bangladesh earlier this summer because Paul Collingwood was rested for the series.

With Jonathan Trott scoring a double century against the Tigers, Morgan was the man most vulnerable to Collingwood's return, but he should now retain his place.

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