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England batsman Ian Bell has announced that he is eyeing the vacant number four spot on the Test roster.
The spot became vacant after Kevin Pietersen’s central contract was terminated by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) following the national team’s disastrous tour of Australia.
“I’ve been at number five, so moving to four makes sense,” Bell said. “But we’ll see what happens. I’d like to stay in a position and be settled rather than moving up and down the order, and it feels quite nice for me at four. Hopefully I can stay there.”
Speaking about his relationship with Pietersen, Bell said: “I’ve played with Kev for 10 years and I enjoyed my time with him. I’ve been very fortunate to play my career alongside someone who’s done some really special things for England.
“We’ve always had a good relationship on the field as our batting seemed to complement each other.”
Bell also noted that he will still continue seeking advice from Graham Gooch, even though he was recently fired as the national team’s batting coach.
“Gooch is someone I’ll still be tapping into for advice over the next few years,” he said. “He’s been a massive part of the success we’ve had as a batting unit and he’s one of the best coaches I’ve worked with.”