Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

Ashes 2013: Ian Bell relishing opportunities to rewrite records against Australia

image_20130726080204

Ian Bell averaged just 32 in 18 Ashes Tests and was taunted by Shane Warne as Sherminator © Getty Images

London: Jul 26, 2013

England batsman Ian Bell admits he is relishing the chance to avenge his Ashes misery against Australia. Bell averaged just 32 in 18 Ashes Tests before the current series and became something of a whipping boy for the Australians, with Shane Warne taking several opportunities to taunt him for his perceived lack of grit.

But the Warwickshire star has finally matured into England’s middle-order lynchpin and Australia have been unable to extend their dominance against him.

Bell has scored a century in the last three Ashes Tests, including vital innings in the victories at Trent Bridge and Lord’s.

“From my first couple of Ashes series I knew I had to improve on that. The Australian team I started against was pretty good, so it is nice to be putting my hand up now as a senior player when we’ve needed it. I feel pretty confident right now and it is good to be putting it together in an Ashes series which is what I’ve wanted to do,” said Bell.

“I don’t really feel too bad about the previous series but it is nice to be able to do things when the team need it most and scoring hundreds is what you want to do. To have three now against Australia is exactly where I want to be,” he added.

With England already 2-0 up in the series, they can retain the Ashes with a win or a draw in the third Test at Old Trafford next week. And Bell, who has always found Old Trafford to be a happy hunting ground, can’t wait to punish the Australian bowlers again.

He has scored two hundreds and a 97 in five Manchester Tests, at an average of 87. But if there is anything Bell takes from the epic drawn Test against Australia in 2005 — the last Ashes match played at Old Trafford — it is that the tourists will be determined not to surrender without a fight.

“I know that the Test matches I’ve been involved in there, we’ve got a good record so it is a good place for England to go to now,” Bell said.

“The 2005 Test was a game we were looking at targeting another win, but Australia battled right to the end. They were so excited about getting the draw, so you felt a little shift in the series right there because they were happy to get out of it,” recalled the 31-year old.

“It was an intense game as all Ashes games are and I would expect another tough game coming up. Coming into this series it has been about contributing to the team and at Lord’s we had to work hard in different periods of the game and we got our rewards at the end. It has been hard work, but these couple of days will give us a nice break from the cricket so we’re right for Old Trafford,” he concluded.

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Rajasthan Royals won by 4 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 17, 2014  at Sharjah

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 8 wkts

Videos

Rajasthan Royals' unusual strategy in IPL 2014

Videos

Moises Henriques looking forward to playing with SRH

Indian cricketers and copycat marketing

Doug Insole: More than just an administrator

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: His words found their way even into the cricket world

Brendon Kuruppu scores the slowest double-hundred of all time

IPL 2014: Rajasthan Royals’ team composition vital for success

BCCI Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils England India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders MS Dhoni Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma Royal Challengers Bangalore Virat Kohli

IPL 2014: Nathan Coulter-Nile showers praise on Delhi Daredevils’ coach Gary Kirsten

IPL 2014: Robin Uthappa happy to play correct cricket

Five key areas England need to address to get back to winning ways

Marcus Trescothick willing to help Jonathan Trott

Shashank Manohar to attend BCCI Working Committee meeting on April 20

Batsmen who have smashed last ball for six to win a game in the annals of One-Day Internationals

IPL 2014: Glenn Maxwell, David Miller form the core of Kings XI Punjab’s batting line-up

Praveen Kumar believes making comeback for India is not difficult

Saqlain Mushtaq: Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine are skilful cricketers

Miran Bakhsh: The second-oldest Test debutant

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

2 Posts | 0 Fans

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils IPL 2014 Match no 6 Video Highlights

Rajasthan Royals’ unusual strategy in IPL 2014

5 reasons you’re not seeing results in the gym

Batsmen who have smashed last ball six to win a game in the annals of One-Day Internationals

Know what it takes to save your skin during flights

Cheaper Motorola smartphone to reportedly launch in May, specifications leaked

iPad Air 2 leaked photo points at an even thinner design and an integrated LCD panel

Also on cricketcountry.com