Former England captain Adam Hollioake has said that Ian Bell is in the form of his life and that he has taken his game to the next level. Hollioake believes that Bell may play a few risky shots, like the ones through third man, but he gets runs quickly and a look at the scoreboard would reveal that he has sped his way to a good score.

Hollioake also said that Bell may have had confidence problems, but has overcome them to become a very good player. It is due to his efforts that England have regained the urn. England's batting hasn't been up to mark, but Bell has stood out and he is the main reason why they have defeated Australia.

With his hundred at Chester-le-Street, Bell became the tenth Englishman to score three hundreds in an Ashes series.