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Cricket Ian Bell to continue England career after poor Ashes

Batsman Ian Bell says he still has "the hunger and desire" to play Test cricket for England despite his poor form in the recent Ashes series with Australia.

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Ian Bell is to continue his international cricket career with England following talks with head coach Trevor Bayliss and Test captain Alastair Cook.

Right-handed batsman Bell revealed after the final Ashes Test at The Oval last week that he would assess his future with the team.

Although England triumphed 3-2 to regain the urn, Bell endured a difficult series, scoring just 215 runs at an average of 26.87.

Bell's three half-centuries served as the only innings in which he scored more than 20, yet, despite his disappointing form, the Warwickshire man still has the motivation to play Test cricket.

He wrote in his column for The Metro: "At the end of every Ashes series you're left physically and mentally drained and, as I said to [TMS host] Jonathan Agnew as the celebrations began at The Oval, I needed a bit of time to consider what the future holds.

"I spoke with coach Trevor Bayliss and Alastair Cook after the Oval loss, we had a really good talk and I was as honest as I could be.

"Deep down, though, I think I probably knew I wasn't ready to call time on my England Test career. I still have that hunger and desire."

Next up for Bell and the Test team is a three-match series with Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, which starts in October.

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