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Bikash still thinks cricket's a gentleman's game. And that our batsmen run away with most of the prizes.

The Enemy Camp: Dhoni and co win hearts at Trent Bridge

(Note to readers: 'The Enemy Camp' will be the tongue-in-cheek name for Yahoo! Cricket's coverage of the English press during India's tour of England.)

Cricket has always known to be a gentleman's game and keeping the spirit of the game Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni recalled Ian Bell - who was controversially run out off the final ball before tea for 137 during the second Test at Trent Bridge. Bell's 15th Test hundred guided England back into a position of strength in the match after being bowled out for 221 in the first innings. The day was filled with all kind of drama...let's have a look what British press had to say about the eventful day...

Jonathan Agnew of BBC feels England batsman Ian Bell was lucky India changed their review.

I don't think India were to blame for taking the bails off and I don't think Kumar was to blame, because he thought it was four runs. If anyone was at fault it was Bell and the people that must take all the credit are the Indian team.

Cricket does throw up these situations and captains have not always been so sporting.

Writing for The Guardian Vic Marks talks about the all-important No.3 position and Ian Bell.

No3 is the position that most young batsmen aspire to fill. This is where Don Bradman batted and Ricky Ponting; so, too, did Viv Richards and Brian Lara for much of the time. (Curiously it has been Rahul Dravid rather than Sachin Tendulkar who has occupied that position for India, presumably at the behest of Tendulkar.)

Bell has always recognised the kudos of No3, which is where he bats for Warwickshire with Trott at No1. At Edgbaston he has long since earned that right and in the past he has mentioned that in Test cricket he would like to return to No3, an aspiration based on the assumption that this is where the best players bat.

Oliver Brown of The Telegraph questions MS Dhoni's captaincy after England made India suffer on Day 3 of the second Test.

While it might appear perverse to criticise Dhoni after his intervention in the Ian Bell imbroglio, his role in allowing India to succumb so abjectly in the field cannot be overlooked.

True, he guarded the sanctity of the game's ethics by admirably withdrawing an appeal for the Bell run-out. But otherwise he suffered quietly through 90 overs of punishment as his seamers toiled and the spinners performed with a weary toothlessness.

Writing for The Telegraph former captain Michael Vaughan is truly convinced England will be the No.1 team sooner rather than later.

We have had good England teams in the past. I played in sides that did this kind of thing to teams like New Zealand or Sri Lanka (in this country) but this team are doing it against the best in the world.

James Lawton of The Independent writes how Rule of Law is trampled on to protect 'spirit of the game'

What had happened was a burst of sentimental cricket illiteracy.

Laws are not there to be pushed aside when it suits the prejudices of any particular audience. Infinitely better for the development of this increasingly impressive England team, and Bell, who was been in such wonderful nick for so long now, would have been the acceptance that for all the glory of his latest century, he had made a fundamental error. It happens. It is what shapes the implicit understanding of those who play games which demand discipline - and especially one filled with as many nuances as cricket.

Writing for The Independent David Lloyd urges Andrew Strauss to step up.

A couple of things need underlining. Firstly, Strauss is not about to be dropped. And secondly, he looks in much better form than during his last century drought when 30 innings went by before the Middlesex left-hander made a career-saving 177 against New Zealand at Napier in March 2008.

All that said, though, Strauss would feel happier if only he could turn promising little acorns into one big oak this summer - and preferably during England's first innings at next week's Edgbaston Test.

Henry Blofeld of Daily Express praises Dhoni for behaving magnificently as the spirit of this wonderful series was saved.

It was hugely to the credit of the Indian captain, MS Dhoni, that he prevailed on his players to change their minds about Ian Bell's extraordinary run out and to withdraw their appeal during the tea interval, so that he could resume his innings.

Cricket is a game which throws up these curious situations. If a batsman is to be run out by the bowler for backing up too far, the time-honoured process insists that the batsman should only be warned first.

Other interesting reads -

'Stupid' and 'naive' Ian Bell benefits from India's spirit of the game

Bowlers need help to make batting heavy work

Vaughan's tweet taps into the murky world of cricket's dark arts

England take charge on day series reached boiling point

David Lloyd leads the criticism over Bell's contentious run-out

Botham: Lucky Bell should not have got a second life

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