Doubts remain on Bell's fitness.
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WARWICKSHIRE will not know until close to Saturday - or perhaps even the day of the match itself - whether Ian Bell will be fit to face Durham in the Royal London Cup final.
The ECB have made Bell available to the Bears for the showpiece occasion but he is still recovering from a fractured big toe sustained during a fielding drill on duty with the national team three weeks ago.
In the case of fractured digits there is little that the medics can do. It is essentially just a question of allowing the break to heal and it is touch and go whether this one will do so in time for Saturday but the Bears will give it every minute they can.
Bell's presence in the top order could prove match-turning - it certainly did when Warwickshire beat Somerset in the final in 2010 when he scored a memorable century. Having said that, the team has proved pretty formidable in oneday cricket this season even without him so their confidence would be undented if he does not recover in time.
For the rest of the Bears players, without a championship match in the current round, the first half of this week is offering them a very welcome breather.
"The guys have a few days off and that's great," said director of cricket Dougie Brown. "They can go and get away and not focus on the day-inday out routines of playing cricket.
"There are some tired bodies around and it is important that they spend a bit of time away from the cricket environment and spend some time with their families which they have not had much time to do this year. Then we will all come back in tomorrow and hit the white ball training pretty heavily from then."
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Sep 16, 2014|
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