Ahmedabad: Comeback man Kevin Pietersen's whirlwind century against Haryana on Thursday in the last warm-up game not only augurs well for the flamboyant right-hander but also for England ahead of the four-Test series against India, said visiting middle-order batsman Ian bell.

Bell, who himself ended the day on unbeaten 57, feels the century could not have come at a better time for Pietersen, who retired after scoring a quick-fire 110 off 94 balls to make way for other batsmen.

"It was good for him to get into the groove. It will help him to settle down in the team. It is also a positive sign for the team," he said at the press conference after the opening day's play of the four-day match.

"Batting with him releases pressure," Bell said about Pietersen, who will make a comeback into the England team in the upcoming Test series following the controversial text-message row.

Speaking about his own innings, Bell expressed satisfaction over the amount of time he had spent on the wicket on Thursday ahead of the series against India, which commences here on November 15.

"It was good to spend some time in the middle and get some runs under the belt ahead of the opening Test match.

"The wicket was an excellent one to bat on. The ball was skidding on nicely," he said.

(Agencies)

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