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Ian Bell has his sights set on representing England again as he is in the midst of a sensational county season with Warwickshire.
Bell last represented England in November 2015, but believes his hopes of a comeback will be bolstered by the fact that he is currently the third-highest scorer in Division Two of the County Championship with 665 runs, which includes three centuries and two fifties, at an average of 55.41.
The 36-year-old admitted that while he is eager to play for his country again, his answer would have been different a year ago as he struggled to have an impact with the bat on the county circuit.
“The questions have started to come a little bit more now, with the form I’ve had through the season and obviously England’s middle order,” he told BBC WM as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “If you asked me that question now I would definitely want to play again. If you’d asked me that 12 months ago, it would have been a different answer.
“Whether it is with Warwickshire, Birmingham Bears or England, I just still want to be winning games of cricket.”
Delving deeper into his state of mind last year, Bell conceded that he thought long and hard about whether to walk away from the sport.
“Last year, I wasn’t in a particularly good place,” he said. “I’d struggled with the batting and there were some massive questions in my own mind as to whether it was time to retire and I did ask myself those questions.
“It’s been quite a tough adjustment not being an England player any more. But I felt even when I finished with England that I had a lot of cricket left under my belt. I spoke to a lot of ex-players and they all said ‘you’re a long time retired, don’t look back with any regrets’.”