Ian Bell is hopeful that a positive stretch in the Big Bash League with Perth Scorchers will reignite his England International aspirations. Bell will be expected to participate actively for the Scorchers, playing a key role in their top three.
The 34-year-old veteran who has a total of 118 Tests, 161 ODIs and 8 T20Is to his name, has not featured in a test match for England for over a year period.
However, with England’s 3-0 whitewash in the Indian Test series with a non-firing middle order, Bell is desperate to make a comeback into the national side.
He had been left disappointed after he was axed due to failing to score a century in 23 Test innings. He however believes he still has more to give, and having captained Warwickshire through the English county season. Bell is hoping that a standout campaign at the BBL will help remind the selectors of the plethora of talents he possesses.
“I want to get back into the Test team, there’s no doubt,” Bell said. “I’ve been working as hard on my game as I ever have. My body feels really good. I’ve had a couple of months of getting those niggles right.
“The energy levels and excitement about playing cricket is through the roof,” he added. “Hopefully, this is another opportunity to go out and show people I’m a good player, and I can get back into the England team.”
Bell also noted that it was quite tough playing in Australia, with an England shirt on. He however hopes he can go on to help the pair of Shaun and Mitch March break back into the Australian Test Team.
Justin Langer, Scorchers coach is hoping that Bell will play a mentoring role for the team and Bell has pledged to do whatever he can.