Bell tipping England for Champions Trophy

Ian Bell was in the England ODI team when they lost the Champions Trophy final against India four years ago at Edgbaston and feels that Eoin Morgan’s men have what it takes to go one better this year.

Bell has been named as one of the ICC event ambassadors and believes the tournament has a real ‘wow’ factor and he cannot wait for the action to get underway in June.

The Warwickshire Bears stalwart feels that the combination of talent in the England team and home support could see the finally lift an ICC trophy.

In his column for the ICC’s website Bell wrote: “As a player who has experience of the ICC Champions Trophy, I can promise you it’s a tournament the players get really excited about and are desperate to win.

“It really is a case of the top players from around the globe battling it out and I’m just very happy it’s over here in the UK so we get the opportunity to enjoy it first-hand.

“We came close to winning it last time it was over here back in 2013 and I’m tipping our boys to go one better this time and lift the trophy.

“With the players we’ve got and the home backing of the British public, everything is in place for a special summer of cricket and I’m confident we’re going to see just that.

“It’s been said many times, but I don’t think you can rival the backing the public over here gives to sporting events in this country.

“If any of the players arriving over here are unsure what they’re going to be in for, they only need to look at the incredible atmosphere and crowds the British public put on whenever an event comes to town.”