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"With Freddie and Jones in there - their record is pretty good together - and if they can get a stand together we might fight it out," he said.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 23:08 IST

With their backs to the wall in the second cricket Test against India here, England were banking heavily on their skipper Andrew Flintoff and Geraint Jones to bail them out of trouble.

England were 112 for five in the second essay on the penultimate day of the second cricket Test.

Top order batsman Ian Bell believed that all was not lost for the visitors since Flintoff and Jones were capable of putting up a match-saving partnership.

"We've fought hard in this Test match and to lose five wickets in one session is disappointing but come tomorrow I'm sure the guys will be ready with some ideas to fight it out," he told reporters after the fourth day's play.

"With Freddie and Jones in there - their record is pretty good together - and if they can get a partnership together we might be able to fight it out," he said.

Bell said he was extremely disappointed with his dismissal since he had worked hard to defy the Indian bowlers to make 57.

"It was disappointing as I had fought for a couple of hours when they had bowled really well and I really wanted to be there tomorrow morning and have a good partnership with Freddie. I did the hard work and got set and it is sad not to be there in the morning."

Asked about his dismissal off Anil Kumble, he said, "I think it was a top-spinner that was quite short and it just sat in the wicket a bit and didn't get to me as quick as I thought it would."

Praising Kumble's bowling, he said "he bowled exceptionally well and it became a real challenge. It's what you come to expect when you play Test cricket out here. It was a real challenge and I started to enjoy it so it's disappointing not to be there tomorrow."

Bell said it was creditable on the part of the Indian batsmen to bat as they did in their first innings.

"They played really well. To get a bit of a lead on this pitch as it's just starting to turn was crucial for them but we knew what we had to do and bat long and build some partnerships. Unfortunately we didn't quite do that."

On the dismissal of Andrew Strauss, he said "anyone who gets caught off the boot is very unlucky but we can't grumble because I guess we get a few of those going in our favour as well."

Bell took the carnival like atmosphere in the noisy stands in his stride and said it had been a unique experience for players like him.

"It was a great atmosphere to play in. Crowds like that and the noise that goes on is a real experience.

"For us to go back to England with the experience of playing in this noise and atmosphere is great."

Asked about the sensational catch he took of Yuvraj Singh yesterday, he said, "it's nipped in there just about, I think. It's number one at the moment.

"He was probably a bit unlucky and I mentioned that to Yuvraj today. I'll definitely take that and I enjoyed it."

First Published: Mar 12, 2006 23:08 IST