The Ashes: Ian Bell wants to bat at number three

The withdrawal of regular number three batsman Trott with a stress-related illness following the first Test in Brisbane has left a hole in England's top order. Ian Bell and number six Joe Root are vying to slot into first-drop.

updated: November 30, 2013 18:50 IST
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Alice Springs: Ian BellEngland's Ian Bell said Saturday he wants to bat at number three after Jonathan Trott pulled out of Thursday's second Ashes Test against Australia in Adelaide. (Also read: Gavaskar says war of words need to be checked by strict rules)

"I'm absolutely willing to go to number three," said regular number five batsman Bell, who with three centuries was the star of the last Ashes series in England.

"But that decision is probably out of my control. We've got a number of options with the batting and balance of the side... but I put up my hand to go up the order."

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