Video - Bell Offers No Excuses

Ian Bell offers no excuses for a poor England batting performance on day three of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide which saw them dismissed for just 172.

Bell was unbeaten on 72 as Mitchell Johnson ripped through the tourists with a haul of seven for 40 and England closed the day some 530 runs adrift.

And Bell admits that by continually failing to reach 200 in their first innings, England are not going to win matches.

"You know, another disappointing performance really," he said. "You can't afford in Test matches, certainly the first innings you have, to get bowled out under two hundred, you're not going to win anything.

"It's obviously very disappointing and we can't go away from that. I know, having played a lot of cricket in that dressing room, there has got to be no excuses. It's just not good enough.

"And we need to make sure that we put that right and we'll have an opportunity in the second innings to at least show people we're going to show some fight."

With Australia expected to declare at some point on day four and set England a victory target that has never been achieved in the game before, their task will be to try to save the game.

"You guys have all seen what's happened in the past. These games are saveable, but someone's going to have to play an incredible innings. If you want to bat a day at the ground this is the ground to do it.

"What we've done in the last three innings isn't going to get us close, so someone, probably two or three guys, really have to step up. It's a challenge but that leads to opportunities so need to take it."

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