Watson injury puts Australia under pressure
Australia are up against it after another century by Ian Bell and an injury for Shane Watson swung the fourth Ashes Test in England's favour, says Fairfax cricket reporter Chris Barrett.PT1M29S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2rq2i 620 349 August 12, 2013
John Inverarity has shouldered some of the blame for Australia's ills this year and the finger can be pointed at him for another major problem for the tourists in England - the prolific run scoring of Ian Bell.
With his third century of the Ashes on day three of the fourth Test at Durham, the 31-year-old confirmed himself as the outstanding batsman of the series. And he credits Australia's national selector for nurturing him into the player he is.
England's Ian Bell acknowledges the applause of the crowd. Photo: AFP
Inverarity recognised Bell's natural ability when coach of Warwickshire, who he steered to the County Championship title in 2004.
The former headmaster also brought the then emerging talent to spend a season, in the summer of 2003/04, with his club side, the University of Western Australia, which Bell says was key to his development. He played his first Test for England six months later, at the age of 22, against the West Indies at the Oval.
"Massive, to be honest with you," he said of Inverarity's influence on his career. "Not just on my cricket but on lifestyle skills and stuff like that, getting me over to the University of WA for six months.
"Certainly it was no coincidence that I made my Test debut after I'd had that experience.
"He looked after me really well. He was a very good coach at Warwickshire and had some success there. He's a great thinker on the game and passed on some really good knowledge to all of us at Warwickshire.
"A lot of it was very simple. We'd do a lot of work on the (bowling) machine. A lot of the stuff is still in my game from when I worked with him. That was his method really - keep things as simple as possible."
Bell now has four hundreds in his last five Ashes Tests, stretching back to the last match of the 2010/11 series in Sydney where England clinched a 3-1 win. Before that performance at the SCG, though, he had never reached three figures against Australia, trying and falling short in 30 innings in Ashes matches. His unbeaten ton at the Riverside was his 20th in Test cricket and Australia is now far from his bogey side.
He is only the third England batsman to score three hundreds in a home Ashes series, joining Maurice Leyland in 1934 and David Gower in 1985.
"I always believed I was good enough to score Test hundred against Australia, but it took a while," Bell said. "The first two series (in 2005 and 2006/07) were arguably against one of the best teams of all time, so as a young player that was a real baptism to be honest and I learned a hell of a lot from some great players.
“I've had to work really hard in this series. I've a lot of respect for this Australian bowling attack - (Ryan) Harris is an outstanding, fantastic bowler - and every time you go out there you know you're going to be challenged. It's been enjoyable this time to score some hundreds and maybe put to bed some of the stuff I've done in the past.”