England batsman Ian Bell is enjoying his role as ODI opener, saying he is relishing having some time in the middle, even though his most recent exploits didn't result in a win for the side.
England lost to India A by 53 runs in Delhi on Sunday, though Bell shone with an 86-ball 91. He was the only England batsman to put up a decent score as Tim Bresnan was the next best with 22 as they were all out for 175.
England face India in a five-match ODI series, starting on 11 January in Rajkot, and Bell is hoping his good form continues into the matches that actually count for something.
The Warwickshire man told Sky Sports News: "I've enjoyed opening, 100 per cent, it's gone really well in the last three series.
"We've got plenty of options but it's something I've really enjoyed and something hopefully I do consistently now.
"It's nice to be at the top of the order and get some time in the middle."
England next play a warm-up against Delhi on Tuesday.