MX23RW : Monday, September 21 19:38:23| >> :120:7393:7393:

Ian Bell: 'I'll put my hand up to bat at number three'

Ian Bell claims that he would be willing to climb up the batting order to replace Jonathan Trott at number three when the second Ashes Test gets underway in Adelaide.

Ian Bell has said that he would be willing to climb up the batting order to replace Jonathan Trott at number three when the second Ashes Test gets underway in Adelaide on Thursday.

Bell currently bats at number five and has excelled in the role, producing a string of fine displays en route to being named 'Man of the Series' during England's 3-0 home Ashes win over Australia earlier this year.

However, he claims that he would have no problem with relocating to fill the void left by Trott, who flew home this week because of a stress-related illness.

Bell told reporters: "We've spoken about it, and obviously I've said I'm absolutely willing to go to number three.

"That decision is probably out of my control - we've got a number of options - but absolutely I'll put my hand up. We'll soon see."

Bell's highest Test score of 235, which came against India in 2011, was assembled from number three.

ID:121121:

Click here for more stories about Ian Bell

Click here for more stories about England

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Gary Ballance in action during day four of the LV County Championship division One match between Yorkshire and Middlesex at Headingley on September 20, 2013
Read Next:
Ballance hits half-century in tour match
>
Latest Sports Video

rhs 2.0

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!