and England batsman Ian Bell was out for a golden duck in his first innings since suffering a toe injury playing in Pakistan.

The 37-year-old turned out for Knowle & Dorridge CC in the Birmingham and District .

But his return against Berkswell did not quite the way he had hoped.

“Finally, back on a field on a glorious, sunny day… and greeted with a first-ball 0, That’s why we love the game, right??,” Bell posted on Twitter.

Bell, a veteran of 118 Tests, 161 one-dayers and eight T20 internationals for England, was caught behind off Richard Jones, a former team-mate and now a coach with , as Knowle and Dorridge were bowled out for 165.

And Berkswell reached 166-3 in 37.5 overs in reply to win by seven wickets.

Bell suffered a toe ligament injury in March playing for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League and needed surgery.

said in April that they hoped he would be fit to play for them “around June” and he has been back in the nets at Edgbaston since last month.

They are sixth in the Championship Division One table following Friday’s three-wicket win over Yorkshire.

Ian Bell on Twitter


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