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Ian Bell hoping for a national comeback in the England test side


England’s long forgotten middle order batsman Ian Bell is sensing a national comeback in the England test side for next year’s Ashes against Australia at home. On the back of a brilliant county performance, he is fancying his chances.

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“With the 50-over World Cup and Ashes series in the same calendar year next year, the challenge will be getting the guys through a World Cup and five Tests injury free,” Bell said to the Gulf News at the DHL Swing Against Cancer charity golf event at Jumeirah Golf Estates on 1st November.

“If you had asked me that last year, I was nearly done with international cricket and very close to hanging up my boots and moving on, but I had the whole winter off and just came into the season really fresh, excited and it just seemed to click back into gear again,” he added.

The Ashes 2018 is going to be played just after the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup. So the main challenge for the players will be to be fit after a gruelling World Cup. The biggest tournament of all will require the best of each Englishman if they want to win the trophy which they haven’t won in the past. And Bell is hoping to make a comeback to side even if he doesn’t get chance straightaway in the playing eleven.

In 2015, Bell announced his limited overs international retirement. He was the leading run scorer for his country at that moment in the limited overs cricket. But he wasn’t ready to give up on his test career back then. He once said that deep down, he thinks that he probably knew he wasn’t ready to call time on his England Test career. With an average of 42.69, Bell has amassed 7,727 runs for England in 118 test matches.

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Playing for Warwickshire in the English county, Bell has scored staggering seven tons in this county season. And that’s the reason he strongly smells a national comeback. “If there is another little chapter to come then great, if not I’ll keep going and keep enjoying it, you’re a long time retired so I don’t want to give up the game too early, I want to play as long as I can, and the body is good.”

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