England batsman Ian Bell said his team are wary of in-form Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc ahead of Friday's clash.
England batsman Ian Bell said curbing the influence of Mitchell Starc on Friday will be crucial to his side's chances of victory.
The Australia quick has opened the tri-series against England and India in excellent form.
Starc initially took 4-42 against England in Sydney before backing it up with 6-43 against India on Sunday.
Both matches ended in Australia victories but England did hit back with an excellent nine-wicket win over India in Brisbane.
And ahead of Friday's clash at Blundstone Arena, Bell - who was trapped lbw by the left-armer in the series opener - knows how important stopping Starc will be.
"Mitchell Starc's bowling really well at the moment," Bell said in Hobart on Thursday.
"He swings the ball nicely and you've got to play him well.
"He bowled really well against India at the MCG and really well against us.
"He's a class act and we'll have to play him well.
"We've played a lot against left-arm bowling over the last few years so it should be something we get right.
"But then again, he did really well the other night."
Bell said England had taken lots of confidence from Tuesday's thrashing of India, which saw Steven Finn and Jimmy Anderson claim five and four wickets respectively.
Bell then clobbered 88 not out at the top of the order in a performance that looks set to keep Alex Hales out of the side.
"The other night we put a batting and bowling and fielding performance together for the first time in a while," he added.
"We want to put 100 overs of cricket together to that standard we had in Brisbane.
"If we can do that, we believe we can beat any side."
Australia, already missing the rested David Warner and suspended George Bailey, will also be without all-rounder Shane Watson for Friday's match.