Ian Bell delighted with Kevin Pietersen form

Bell praises Pietersen innings
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Ian Bell backs Kevin Pietersen to build on his century in Haryana when England begin the Test series with India next week.

Ian Bell has admitted his delight at seeing Kevin Pietersen score a century on Thursday in England's final tour match before facing India.

Pietersen, who returned to the squad at the beginning of this tour, struck a fluent century on day one against Haryana and Bell believes that it is important that the 32-year-old has found his form ahead of next week's first Test in Mumbai.

"Everything's gone really well for us as a group, and for Kevin," revealed the Warwickshire batsman. "He's very much a guy who just likes to get bat on ball, and I think he'll be very happy going into the first Test match with that kind of innings under his belt.

"I'm sure he'll be a lot happier today, having scored a hundred. But he'll be a lot happier if he scores one in the next Test.

"We know if he gets in he can turn a Test match. So we want him in the best nick we can. The pressure is a lot more on the bowler when he does things like that."

Bell will miss the second Test in Kolkata to attend the birth of his child.

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