ADAM LYTH: Class act Bell deserves his 100th England cap

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I think you have to take your hat off to England batsman Ian Bell and what he has achieved in the game.

He became only the 12th player to be given his 100th Test cap for England and he continues to show why he will still be in the selectors’ minds for a long time to come.

England's Ian Bell celebrates his half century against Sri Lanka, during day two of the second Investec Test match at Headingley, Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 21, 2014. See PA Story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. Editorial use only. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

England's Ian Bell celebrates his half century against Sri Lanka, during day two of the second Investec Test match at Headingley, Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 21, 2014. See PA Story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. Editorial use only. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

I played against him earlier this year for Yorkshire and he is just a batsman that you can’t bowl to.

He continues to show his class and his quality in world cricket and I’m sure that he has done his friends and family proud.

In his career he has had ups and downs, as all of us have, but he is still there scoring the runs on the international scene.

I know that he has also been a great help to Gary Ballance and Joe Root, the two Yorkshire batsmen who have been in the England fold in recent months.

He was there for Rooty during his first winter Ashes Tour and I know that he is keen to help any younger players who asks for his advice.

On top of that he is a pleasure to watch when he bats - I don’t think there is anyone better.

Bell is the perfect batsman for any young cricketer to watch.

As a left-hander I always tried to emulate Graham Thorpe when I was growing up in the game.

I don’t think youngsters nowadays will go far wrong if they try to emulate Bell and how he plays the game.

Things are going well for us at Yorkshire at the moment, it is a great feeling to be in and around the top of the LV County Championship division one table.

For me a lot of our improvement has to go down to the signings of seam bowlers Jack Brooks and Liam Plunkett.

Liam has deserved his call up to the England set-up and I am expecting him to do well.

He has added that extra pace and control to our attack and he is much older and wiser now, which we have benefitted hugely from.

Our seam attack as a whole has been outstanding and despite the fact that we have lost Tim Bresnan through injury, we can welcome back the vastly experienced Ryan Sidebottom.

I have been in a bit of form with the bat, Alex Lees, Jonny Bairstow and the skipper Andrew Gale have also been in excellent form.

Another big positive now is the fact that we have strength in depth.

You will get injuries during a season, but we can bring in players like Richard Pyrah, who is an exceptional cricketer.

Competition for places is as tough as it has been for a while, and long may that continue.