What do Darren Maddy, Ian Westwood, Jim Troughton, Alex Loudon, Jonathan Trott, Tim Ambrose, Tim Groenewald, Heath Streak, Lee Daggett and Dale Steyn have in common? Answer, all of them are worse batsmen than Warwickshire and England batsman Ian Bell, and all played ahead of Bell in the Warwickshire side that lost to Hampshire by 40 runs in the Friends Provident Trophy semi-final today.

Of the starting line-up, only the Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara could claim to be a better batsman than Bell, and according the ICC ODI rankings, Sangakkara is the 17th best in the world. Bell, who is the 27th best, was told to sit this one out, and Warwickshire got beat – and deservingly so. The world’s best ODI batsmen, Kevin Pietersen was on the opposition, along with Shane Warne (possibly the best bowler ever) and Stuart Clark, possibly the best international bowler over the last year.

Warwickshire may well have thought it best to stick with a winning side, but you can’t possibly tell anyone that including a man averaging 35.46 in 44 ODIs at the expense of Westwood, Troughton or Trott would not improve the side. Fat Boy Spin was confused anyways, and very complimentary about the man he called The Sherminator.

Bell snubbed

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