LONDON: England batsman Ian Bell admits he is relishing the chance to avenge his Ashes misery against Australia.
Bell averaged just 32 in 18 Ashes Tests before the current series and became something of a whipping boy for the Australians, with Shane Warne taking several opportunities to taunt him.
But the Warwickshire star has finally matured into England’s middle-order lynchpin and Australia have been unable to extend their dominance against him.
Bell has scored a century in the last three Ashes Tests, including vital innings in the victories at Trent Bridge and Lord’s.
“From my first couple of Ashes series I knew I had to improve,” said Bell. “The Australia team I started against was pretty good, so it is nice to be putting my hand up now as a senior player when we’ve needed it.
“I feel confident and it is good to be putting it together in an Ashes series.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2013.
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