‘We will need to get our preparation spot-on’, says Ian Bell

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“As a team, winning four Ashes series on the bounce would be a massive achievement and that’s the ultimate goal this winter”

England batsman Ian Bell, who was the hero of the recent Ashes series with three centuries and two half-centuries, is ecstatic to have won the historic series three times in a row, but the Warwickshire batsman also cautioned his team-mates not to get “carried away” when they travel to the Land Down Under next month.

England haven’t won four Ashes series in a row since the Ashes was first introduced in 1882, where they dominated Australia for eight long years.

“As a team, winning four Ashes series on the bounce would be a massive achievement and that’s the ultimate goal this winter,” Bell said. “It would be easy to get carried away and think, ‘We’ll just carry on from where we left off in the summer’, because we won 3-0, but we’re under no illusions about how hard it’s going to be in Australia.”

However, in order to achieve that landmark, Bell stated that England’s preparation has to be “spot-on”.

“We will need to get our preparation spot-on because if you turn up in Brisbane and you’re not quite ready, the Aussies will hit you hard – the players will be up for it and the crowds will be hostile,” Bell said. “They have a fantastic record at the Gabba and we all know the importance of first blood in the Ashes (only once in the last eight Ashes, has a side lost the initiative after going 1-0 up – Australia in 2005).

“We know the home support will be aggressive, but that’s fine if you’re ready for it. As long as you prepare for it, you can deal with it.

“There are guys in our dressing room who know what it’s like to win the Ashes in Australia and also how it feels to lose [them] 5-0, and the important lesson from both experiences is to give them nothing.”

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