Bell: An opportunity to score some big runs


England batsman Ian Bell says batting at number three will not be major difference to him than batting at number five as he still has to produce the goods for his team.

The 112 Test-capped Bell has moved to the number three position in the England batting line-up after they suffered a massive 405-run defeat to Australia at Lord's in the second Ashes Test.

With the series level at one-all after the hosts won the first Test in Cardiff, Bell is hoping to improve his own batting form in the third Test at his home ground of Edgbaston starting on Wednesday.

The 33 year-old Bell, who made his Test debut in 2004, has scored only one half-century in his last 12 Test innings and knows he needs to turn it around.

Bell said: "Obviously it's a slight difference, moving up, but most things don't change. You see the ball come down and try to do the best you can.

"It is an opportunity to go out there and do something a little bit different. We've changed a little bit and hopefully it is an opportunity to go out there and score some big runs.

"It has been a tricky little six weeks for me. The runs have not been anywhere near as much as I would like or expect from myself, but the game does change very quickly.

"Hopefully this week will be the start of me getting back into the sort of form that I would expect of myself, and have managed over the last 11 years."