Bell targeting recall to make Ashes history

“No one has ever won six so there’s always that carrot for me”

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Veteran England batsman Ian Bell has revealed that he is determined to regain his spot in the Test team ahead of the Ashes in Australia later this year.

Bell has not represented England in the longest format since November 2015 despite having a decent county season with Warwickshire last year, where he scored 678 runs, which included a century and three fifties, at an average of 33.90.

But, with five Ashes victories to his name, which puts in elite company with Ian Botham and Wilfred Rhodes, the 34-year-old has admitted that he is eager to make history by winning a sixth Ashes series.

“You always think about it,” Bell, who was part of England’s Ashes victories in 2005, 2009, 2010/11, 2013 and 2015, said. “I still have ambitions to play for England. I’ve been lucky enough to win five Ashes, no one has ever won six so there’s always that carrot for me if I was lucky enough to get into that squad.

“There’s no doubt, on an individual level, to be part of a squad which wins six would be something pretty special.

“I have that drive to do it, but winning games for Warwickshire and scoring runs is my main aim. If anything comes on top of that then great.”

Bell also admitted that being away from the national team has actually benefited him as it has ignited a roaring fire inside him and rekindled his passion for the game.

“Initially having been left out of the team, I didn’t know what to do going forward. But having had a bit of time away from it, I realise I really have missed it,” he said. “I’d been on the road a long time and I look back on whether I should have taken a break after the Ashes and had six months away from it. I don’t know if that would have been the right move or not.

“I didn’t want to take the easy option though, I wanted to fight my way through. I enjoyed playing in the Big Bash with the Perth Scorchers last winter which was about as close to playing international cricket without playing for England.

“And I am very lucky to play at a great club like Warwickshire, I’m enjoying my cricket and we have a great team. I won’t be the only one with ambitions to get into that England team.”

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