Andy O"Brien returns after depression treatment

Leeds support O'Brien on return after depression treatment


Return: Andy O'Brien (right) will fight for his place

Return: Andy O'Brien (right) will fight for his place

Leeds defender Andy O'Brien will receive the club's full support as he bids to win back his first-team place after receiving treatment for depression.

Manager Simon Grayson declared O'Brien had no future at Elland Road after the centre-half refused to play in Leeds' 2-1 win at Burnley in November and the 32-year-old has been sidelined since.

But following an internal inquiry the club have urged fans to give the former Newcastle and Bolton player their full support after his treatment at the Sporting Chance clinic.

Rethink: Initially Simon Grayson said he would not pick O'Brien again, until the reason for his refusal to play became clear

Rethink: Initially Simon Grayson said he would not pick O'Brien again, until the reason for his refusal to play became clear

A club statement read: 'The club brought disciplinary action against the player following his refusal to play against Burnley on the November 19, 2011.

'It was announced at that time that the player's future would be determined after a full investigation.

'The investigation has led to a fuller understanding of the issues that the player has faced since the start of the season, which has seen him seek specialist medical treatment at the Sporting Chance Clinic for depression.

'He is now ready to recommence training and the club will facilitate any further treatment that is required.

'We were exceptionally disappointed when Andy refused to play before the Burnley game and felt let down.

'It is now apparent that there were a number of issues that he was dealing with at that time which affected him in a way we could not imagine and he was not in a right state of mind to make such decisions.

'On this basis we believe he deserves a second chance and we will do everything we can to assist him.

'The club would appeal to its fans to support the player on his road back to first-team action.'

Blackburn sign Marcus Olssona and Bradley Orr

Olsson twins at Blackburn! Marcus joins Martin as QPR's Orr also wades in

Blackburn now have two Olssons on their books after manager Steve Kean completed the signing of Martin's twin brother Marcus.

Full-back Martin joined Rovers on transfer deadline day in 2006, and now winger Marcus has followed suit.

Rovers have also secured the signing of QPR defender Bradley Orr.

Marcus has joined the Ewood Park club on a free transfer from Swedish side Halmstad, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal through to the summer of 2014.

Family affair: Martin Olsson is to be joined by brother Marcus at Blackburn... the Olsen Twins, if you will

Family affair: Martin Olsson is to be joined by brother Marcus at Blackburn... the Olsen Twins, if you will

Family affair: Martin Olsson is to be joined by brother Marcus at Blackburn… the Olsen Twins, if you will

The 23-year-old, who can also play up front, is now awaiting international clearance on the deal from the Swedish FA and FIFA.

The Olsson brothers both started their careers at local side Hogaborgs BK and had a trial with Blackburn at the end of 2005.

However, while Martin signed a
contract under then manager Mark Hughes, Marcus returned to Sweden and
eventually signing for Halmstad in 2008, scoring 17 goals in 139
appearances.

Marcus has also followed his brother
into the international side, earning his first caps in friendlies
earlier this month against Bahrain and Qatar.

Olsson is Kean's second capture of the transfer window following the recent loan signing of Bordeaux striker Anthony Modeste.

Kean believes that Orr, who joined QPR in the summer of 2010, will be a valuable addition to the Rovers defence.

'I think the age he's at gives us a little bit more experience in that position,' Kean said of the 29-year-old right-back. 'We've been playing Jason Lowe and young Adam Henley there as well but
we feel Bradley will bring us experience and another option.'

Thomas Eisfeld joins Arsenal

Dortmund playmaker Eisfeld joins Arsenal on long-term deal

Welcome aboard: Eisfeld has completed his move to Arsenal

Welcome aboard: Eisfeld has completed his move to Arsenal

Arsenal have completed the signing of Thomas Eisfeld from Borussia Dortmund on a long-term deal.

The 19-year-old was in London with his agent Reza Fazeli on Monday to undergo a rigorous medical at the club's training ground as he had surgery for a torn cruciate ligament in 2009.

Playmaker Eisfeld is out of contract in the summer and Arsenal will have to pay compensation of around 420,000.

Eisfeld has six goals in 12 games for Dortmund's Under19s this season.

'I feel very proud to have signed for Arsenal,' Eisfield told Arsenal's official website.

'This is a great club, with many great players, and I'm so happy to be joining Arsenal.

'It's a real honour to be team-mates with the great players at Arsenal, and also training every day with players like Tomas Rosicky – who I grew up watching play at Dortmund.

'I will give it everything I have here and do my best to make the manager, players and fans happy.'

Eisfeld has featured at youth level for the German national team and can play in a variety of positions.

Eye on the ball: Arsenal have courted the youngster for some time

Eye on the ball: Arsenal have courted the youngster for some time

Speaking on the addition, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: 'Thomas is a player we have liked for some time.

'We've watched him closely this season, where he has excelled for Dortmund's youth team.

'He is young but has proven to us that he can play, that he has the attitude and technical ability to be a valuable addition to our squad.

'We're very pleased to welcome him to the club and look forward to his contribution in the coming seasons.'

Sotirios Kyrgiakos joins Sunderland on-loan

Kyrgiakos makes Premier League return as former Reds defender joins Sunderland

Former Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos has signed for Sunderland after completing a loan move from Wolfsburg.

The 32-year-old Greece international, who played 49 games for the Anfield club, has been brought in by Martin O'Neill as centre-back cover for Wes Brown, Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon, who are all injured and out of Wednesday's clash with Norwich City.

Loan deal: Sotirios Kyrgiakosis set for a spell at Sunderland

Loan deal: Sotirios Kyrgiakosis set for a spell at Sunderland

O'Neill said: 'Sotirios offers a real physical presence, coupled with a wealth of experience, which will be an undoubted benefit to us in the next few months.

'I'm delighted to welcome him to the club and I'm sure he is looking forward to the challenge of returning to the Premier League.'

O'Neill, who has already completed the loan signing of Wayne Bridge from Manchester City, wants experienced cover and has swooped for a player who has hardly played in Germany since his free transfer from Liverpool at the end of last season.

Ravel Morrison signs for West Ham from Manchester United

Morrison signs for West Ham in 1m deal after deciding to quit Manchester United

Hammer time: Ravel Morrison is heading south

Hammer time: Ravel Morrison is heading south

West Ham have signed Manchester United's highly-rated youngster Ravel Morrison.

The fee could rise to 1million after Morrison's agent spent the day negotiating personal terms for the 18-year-old.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce told the London Evening Standard: 'Ravel is a talented lad and if he really wants to be a player then we will help him as much as we can along the way.

'Perhaps a change of environment will be beneficial to him and help him make that step up to first team football quicker than perhaps would have been the case at Manchester United. There is no doubt he has exceptional talent.'

Morrison, whose deal expired at the end of the season, stunned United by demanding a huge new contract despite the player making just three first-team appearances.

Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed his exasperation with the talented but troubled teenager, describing his demands as 'unrealistic'.

West Ham are also poised to sign strikers Nicky Maynard and Ricardo Vaz Te from Bristol City and Barnsley respectively.

Wanted: Nicky Maynard could join Morrison at Upton Park

Wanted: Nicky Maynard could join Morrison at Upton Park

Maynard, who was also out of contract this season, is wrapping up a 2.25m after impressing in the Championship.

Vaz Te, who was signed on a free transfer from Hibernian in the summer, has been a revelation at Oakwell this season, scoring 12 goals in 24 appearances from a wide position.

The Lisbon-born forward penned a one-year deal with the Tykes and was reported to have rejected a new deal earlier this month.

His form and contractual situation has attracted the attention of Allardyce, who brought the 25-year-old to England in 2003 while at Bolton, and Barnsley confirmed that they have given the two parties permission to discuss a deal after an undisclosed fee was agreed.

Yohan Cabaye hearing for violent conduct charge

Cabaye to face FA hearing after denying violent conduct charge for Cup kick

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has formally denied an FA charge of violent conduct.

The 26-year-old's case will be heard by a regulatory commission on Wednesday, meaning the Magpies will know whether or not he is available for the Barclays Premier League clash with Blackburn later the same day.

An FA statement read: 'Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has denied a charge of violent conduct.

Out of Toon: Yohan Cabaye is waiting to hear if he will be banned by the FA

Out of Toon: Yohan Cabaye is waiting to hear if he will be banned by the FA

'Cabaye was charged following an incident in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Brighton on Saturday, January 28.

'A regulatory commission will hear the charge on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.'

His kick left Adam El-Abd with a bloody lip during the Magpies' shock 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round defeat to Brighton on Saturday.

The flashpoint was missed by referee Lee Probert – but captured on video.

And after reviewing the footage, the
FA's disciplinary committee decided Cabaye's actions were worth a
sending off and charged the Frenchman with violent conduct.

Key man: Cabaye has become an integral part of Alan Pardew's side

Key man: Cabaye has become an integral part of Alan Pardew's side

The 26-year-old faces a three-match ban
if he is subsequently convicted of the charge, with Newcastle well aware
that the penalty could be increased if his attempt to fight the
allegation fails.

Cabaye would be a huge miss for Magpies boss Alan Pardew, particularly with regular central midfield partner Cheick Tiote still away on African Nations Cup duty with Ivory Coast.

The pair have played a major role in Newcastle's rise to sixth in the Barclays Premier League table and the absence of both at the same time would prove a significant loss.

Double blow: Midfield partner Tiote is already away at the Africa Cup of Nations

Double blow: Midfield partner Tiote is already away at the Africa Cup of Nations

The France international joined the club in a 4.3million switch from French double winners Lille last summer and has been a big hit on Tyneside.

Indeed, along with team-mate Demba Ba, he has been described as one of the bargains of the season and has further enhanced the reputation of the club's recruitment team.

Cabaye's first season in England has not been without controversy, however, with the Frenchman having already served a one-match suspension for reaching five bookings and established a reputation for, at times, over-zealous tackling.

St Helens new stadium secures club future says chief Eamonn McManus

St Helens chief says new stadium will secure club's future

St Helens' new 30million stadium will guarantee a rosy future for the Stobart Super League club says chairman Eamonn McManus.

The 18,000-capacity Langtree Park replaces the century-old 17,500-capacity Knowsley Road, which had become a millstone around the club's neck by the time it was demolished last year to make way for housing.

McManus, a retired investment banker and lifelong Saints fan who has personally driven the move for a new ground, thinks the club is now in a position to become self-sufficient through its pristine spectator and corporate facilities.

New: Langtree Park will safeguard the future of St Helens

New: Langtree Park will safeguard the future of St Helens

'It's not just a great stadium, it's guaranteed the life for St Helens – its traditions and its values – for generations to come,' said McManus, who today conducted a guided stadium tour for the media.

'At Knowsley Road we generated nothing, there was literally nothing. The expense of running it was much greater than the revenue.

'It's been a sea change. We've already got bookings for the next six months.'

McManus used his connections in the banking industry to ensure the stadium development has not left the club in debt.

'It is 100% owned by the club, with no bank debts, which is quite an achievement,' he said.

'The stadium is high quality in every regard and quite unique in its design. It's got the feel of a substantial stadium but will also maintain an intimate but passionate rugby league atmosphere.

'I financially invested in the club 12 years ago on the back of architectural plans for a new stadium, which I thought would take two or three years to ensue.

Old: The old ground, Knowsley Road, had become a burden

Old: The old ground, Knowsley Road, had become a burden

'Now it's all done and dusted, it's something you can look back and feel genuinely proud of. I feel 10 feet tall when I come into this place.'

St Helens will have sole use of Langtree Park, which has already been named as a World Cup venue in 2013, but McManus is hoping it can be put to further use.

'If there is a better rugby league stadium, can someone please point it out to me,' he said. 'It certainly lends itself to Challenge Cup semi-finals and more.

'We'll give it a year to bed down before we look at the possibility of staging pop concerts and boxing matches.'

Saints were tenants at the Stobart Stadium, home of the Widnes Vikings, for 2011 and coach Royce Simmons is delighted to have some home comforts.

'The hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you walk around and see the pictures of the old players,” he told a news conference at the stadium.

None: Knowsley Road generated no income

None: Knowsley Road generated no income

'You know you've come to a rugby league ground. You're not sharing a ground and I think that's why it's so special.'

The club listened to the views of fans in providing standing areas for 7,000 spectators, in addition to 11,000 seats.

Langtree Park will host its first Super League match on Friday week but before then St Helens kick off the new season at London Broncos on Saturday.

Last year's Grand Final runners-up will definitely be without England centre Michael Shenton, who is still recovering from a dislocated elbow, and forward Tony Puletua and have a major doubt over full-back Paul Wellens, the new captain who is striving to overcome an Achilles injury.

'Tony and Michael won't come into contention for this week,' said Simmons.

'They're both going pretty positively and I think will be back in rounds two or three.

'We're going to monitor Wello a bit more before we make a decision but we won't take any risks. All three of them are too important to be rushed back. They will all be given the time to get 100% fit.'

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Everton v Manchester City, Manchester United v Stoke, Wolves v Liverpool, Swansea v Chelsea, Tottenham v Wigan

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Follow Tuesday's action from around the grounds as it happens

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League where league leaders Manchester City travel to Everton in one of five fixtures. Elsewhere it's Manchester United v Stoke, Swansea v Chelsea, Tottenham v Wigan and Wolves v Liverpool.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Swansea 0 Chelsea 0
Tottenham 0 Wigan 0
Wolverhampton 0 Liverpool 0

Everton v Man City (8pm)
Man United v Stoke (8pm)

7.50: First chance of the evening goes to Tottenham – but they fail to make Wigan pay. Luka Modric's corner is met by Younes Kaboul inside the six-yard box, but his header is directed straight at Ali Al-Habsi who makes a smart save.

KICK-OFF: The games at Swansea, Tottenham and Wolves have just kicked off.

7.39: And finally, here's the news from Molineux: Liverpool have rested skipper Steven Gerrard for the Barclays Premier League clash with Wolves at Molineux.

Gerrard has not even been named among the substitutes after playing six games in succession following his return from a lengthy injury lay-off. Goalkeeper Pepe Reina captains the side in his absence.

Wolves' on-loan midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong had recovered from the eye injury suffered against Aston Villa 10 days ago and took his place in the starting XI.

Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Foley, Berra, Johnson, Ward, Kightly, Frimpong, Jonsson, Jarvis, Edwards, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Hunt, Milijas, Doyle.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Spearing, Adam, Bellamy, Kuyt, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Aurelio, Coates, Downing, Carragher, Shelvey, Kelly.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

7.31: Here's the teams news from tonight's clash in South Wales: Chelsea are without captain John Terry and have left new signing Gary Cahill on the bench for their visit to face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Terry, whose court hearing into his alleged racial abuse of QPR defender Anton Ferdinand begins tomorrow, is ruled out with a knee injury as manager Andre Villas-Boas selected Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz at centre-half, while Oriel Romeu comes into midfield for the injured Ramires as Fernando Torres continues up front.

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has restored his first-choice line-up after the FA Cup defeat at Bolton as the likes of Michel Vorm, Steven Caulker, Joe Allen, Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham all start.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Dyer, Graham, Sinclair. Subs: Tremmel, Routledge, Monk, Lita, Moore, Agustien, Richards.

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole, Meireles, Romeu, Malouda, Sturridge, Torres, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Lukaku, Ferreira, Cahill, Bertrand, Piazon.

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

Bouncing back: Swansea were defeated by Sunderland last time out in the league

Bouncing back: Swansea were defeated by Sunderland last time out in the league

7.27: And here's the news from White Hart Lane: Gareth Bale and Ledley King both come back into Tottenham's starting XI as they looked to return to winning ways against Wigan.

There is a rare start for Niko Kranjcar, but Jermain Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Sebastien Bassong, who have all been linked with moves away from Spurs, did not make the squad.

Another man who has been touted with a transfer from Tottenham, Steven Pienaar, is named among the substitutes.

Wigan's want-away striker Hugo Rodallega is named on the bench and manager Roberto Martinez has handed Jean Beausejour his debut.

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Modric, Parker, Bale, Adebayor, Van der Vaart. Subs: Cudicini, Dawson, Rose, Livermore, Sandro, Pienaar, Lancaster.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Moses, Watson, McCarthy, Beausejour, Gomez, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Crusat, McArthur, Sammon, Jones, Rodallega.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Spurred on: Tottenham can get back to winning ways against Wigan tonight

Spurred on: Tottenham can get back to winning ways against Wigan tonight

7.15: Here's the news from Goodison Park as the league leaders face Everton: Man City welcome back captain Vincent Kompany for the trip to Everton.
The Belgium international, who has missed the last four matches through suspension, returns alongside Joleon Lescott in central defence while Gael Clichy, James Milner and Sergio Aguero also come into the starting line-up.

Everton are without striker Louis Saha, who has been linked with a deadline-day move to Tottenham, and handed another chance to on-loan Argentinian Denis Stracqualursi up front.

Everton: Howard, Neville, Hibbert, Heitinga, Baines, Donovan, Gibson, Fellaini, Drenthe, Cahill, Stracqualursi. Subs: Mucha, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios, Forshaw, Duffy, Baxter.

Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Milner, Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Johnson, Kolarov, Savic, De Jong, Razak.

Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

City slickers: City can maintain their lead at the top of the pile with a win on Merseyside

City slickers: City can maintain their lead at the top of the pile with a win on Merseyside

7.10: Right, let's get the team news from Old Trafford: Twenty-one-year-old goalkeeper Ben Amos has been handed his Premier League debut by United.

Amos spent the second half of last season on loan at League One Oldham and has made six senior appearances for United, all but one of which have come in the Carling Cup.
But, with the only alternative being Tomasz Kuszczak, who has fallen completely out of favour, Amos is entrusted with the goalkeeping responsibilities in a side that is still without Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones. Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez are paired together up front.

Stoke, looking for their first away win over United since 1976, have made five changes following the defeat by West Brom on their last league outing, with Kenwyne Jones recalled to add even more height to their attack.

Man United: Amos, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Park, Berbatov, Hernandez. Subs: Kuszczak, Giggs, Welbeck, Fabio Da Silva, Rafael Da Silva, Pogba, Will Keane.

Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant, Palacios, Whitehead, Walters, Jones, Crouch. Subs: Begovic, Whelan, Fuller, Delap, Etherington, Jerome, Woodgate.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Crocked: United are without Jones who injured himself in the 2-1 win over Arsenal

Crocked: United are without Jones who injured himself in the 2-1 win over Arsenal

6.50: The big news tonight – brought to you exclusively by Sportsmail – is that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been forced to call on the reserves for cover in goal.

David de Gea is ill, Anders Lindegaard is crutch-bound and so Ben Amos will be asked to face the inevitable artillery Stoke will throw at the hosts' goal tonight.

6.45pm: You call this a transfer deadline-day Bah. I laugh in the face of the mediocrity which abounds on this day of days.

Chelsea spent more in five minutes on one player than the combined total over the last 31 days. You can't argue with that kinda quality fact now can you

So while the desperate few rush through some ill-advised late deals, let's crack on with the real action, right

The top four in the Barclays Premier League are all in action tonight with Man City, Man United, Sours and Chelsea all hoping they don't concede ground in the race for title/third/domination of Manchester/Champions League berth (delete as applicable).

I'll bring you all the action as it happens and – of course – please involve yourself with thoughts and musings on the action via email: [email protected] or Twitter: @TomBellwood. Tar.

Fighting fit: Manchester City and Sergio Aguero are in action after a weekend off

Fighting fit: Manchester City and Sergio Aguero are in action after a weekend off

Ian Bell making no excuses

Bell making no excuses as England spend three hours practising playing spin

England's batsmen have obvious questions to answer as the tourists try to escape Dubai without a 3-0 Test series whitewash against Pakistan.

Four of the first six in the order have mustered a combined 162 runs from 16 attempts on the fast route to back-to-back defeats over the last two weeks.

They can therefore barely lay claim to a double-figure average between them, and no-one is seriously suggesting the blame for England's collective fall from grace in the United Arab Emirates belongs anywhere else.

Looking ahead: Bell is hoping for an improved performance in Dubai

Looking ahead: Bell is hoping for an improved performance in Dubai

Ian Bell certainly is not, and knows he and his team-mates simply must – even belatedly – work out how to come to terms with Pakistan spin in these alien conditions in the third and final Test, starting at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Before then, Bell acknowledges too that there will be calls from outside the camp for all sorts of remedies – from experts and non-experts alike – including for a shake-up in the batting order, or even changes of personnel.

'You can accept that,' he said. 'You have to score runs consistently all the time. This unit has done that for a long period of time.

'But we have had two bad Tests – and, of course, people are going to be asking questions. That is the reality of it. We expect that.'

England spent three hours, in two groups in the heat of the afternoon at the ICC's GCA nets on Tuesday, working exclusively on batting against spin from net bowlers.

In a spin: England spent three hours practising against slower bowling

In a spin: England spent three hours practising against slower bowling

In a spin: England spent three hours practising against slower bowling

It is clear and inevitable where their focus must lie, fathoming out a technical approach which means they can get established at the crease before Saeed Ajmal or Abdur Rehman makes short work of them again.

Little they can do in net practice will replicate the mental pressures of Test match batting, though, in such vexed circumstances as those which saw them bowled out for just 72 in Abu Dhabi last week.

Bell believes nonetheless that England's problems have come in physical reality as well as in the mind.

'I'm not too sure about that,' he said. 'We've played some really good cricket around the world, and the last bit of the jigsaw is playing in the sub-continent.

'We are looking at areas we can improve mentally and technically.

'We are all hungry enough, and have scored runs in the sub-continent.'

Slump: Bell takes tips from Andy Flower during practice

Slump: Bell takes tips from Andy Flower (below) during practice

Slump: Bell takes tips from Andy Flower (below) during practice

The solution remains to buckle down once more, and back the ability England know is there and which has taken them to the top of the world rankings.

'We have been in and out of form, and need to stay together and work hard,' Bell added. 'It's a great time to learn.

'We got to No 1 in the world, but there's so much more for us to improve and do as individuals and a team.

'You cannot stand still in this game.'

Some honest discussions took place at a team meeting this morning, and Bell reported a renewed intent to prove England can after all tame the 'final frontier' of Asian conditions which has so often proved beyond them and their predecessors.

Knocking on the door: Ravi Bopara is said to be in consideration for a starting place in third Test

Knocking on the door: Ravi Bopara is said to be in consideration for a starting place in third Test

'We have never played good cricket in the sub-Continent,' he said.

'We have started to play really well everywhere else, and this is the last hurdle we need to get over.

'We knew that; we've had a chat, and it's about the here and now.

'We have to play well here in these conditions if we want to stay No 1 in the world. There is a lot of cricket in the sub-continent, coming up.'

The first challenge is to keep Ajmal and Rehman at bay, but not to the exclusion of scoring runs – as seemed to happen in the hapless and embarrassingly unsuccessful attempt to make 145 to win at the Zayed Stadium last week.

Plenty to play for: England want to guarantee their No 1 Status is preserved

Plenty to play for: England want to guarantee their No 1 Status is preserved

'When you are playing quality spin, you have to stay there for a period of time,' Bell said.

'Wickets can tumble quickly. You can lose them in clusters – then it will go quiet, and flat.

'It can look quite comfortable then. But that's how we have been caught. We have found it hard to start our innings.

'For the guys who have got in and got past the first 25 balls, things have become easier. Not enough of us have done that.'

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