Ian Bell targets 2017-18 Ashes
After the completion of the fifth Test of the 2015 Ashes, Bell stated that that he will be taking a stock of his future.
However, after briefly thinking about Test retirement, Bell opted to hang his boots from the ODI format, to prolong his career in the longer format.
Bell clarified that when he gave a serious thought to his future, he felt that he had the opportunity to score many more runs for England in the Test format.
"There's no denying, a lot of different thoughts went through my mind at the end of the series and you do question whether it is time to walk away and move on,” Bell told the Daily Mirror.
“But I knew this wasn't that time.
"When I thought about it clearly I knew I had more to give and wouldn't have forgiven myself for stopping when the appetite was still there to score runs for England.”
Bell is currently England’s ninth highest run-getter in Test cricket having amassed 7569 runs from 115 matches at an average of 43.00.
Apart from Cook, Bell is the only player in the current England squad to have more than 7000 Test runs under his belt.
Bell also has the unique distinction of being only the third England player to have taken part in five successful Ashes series.
Bell has currently made it his goal to be among the England players who will tour down under to have a go at Australia in the 2017-18 Ashes.
"I want to be on the plane to the next Ashes series.
“I'm desperate to have another crack at the Aussies and be part of a team that wins out there again.
“That is the goal.”
England are currently slated to tour Australia in November 2017 for the Ashes series apart from a five-match ODI series and a three match Twenty20 International series.
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