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Ian Bell upbeat despite England defeat to Australia

England may have lost to Australia on Friday but Ian Bell remains positive about his own form after a record-breaking century in Hobart.

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Ian Bell says there are plenty of positives for England despite another defeat to Australia in the tri-nation series on Friday.

The opener became England's highest run-scorer in one-day international cricket with a superb 141 as the tourists posted 303-8 having been put into bat.

Bell hit 15 fours and one six in his 125-ball innings to record his highest ODI score, further confirming his place as the top-scorer in the series.

It was not enough to secure a win for England as Steve Smith's 102 not out guided Australia to a three-wicket victory, but Bell remains upbeat about his own form heading into the Cricket World Cup.

"It's been stop-start for me I suppose in my one-day career so it's nice to have a couple of good games back-to-back here in this series," he told Sky Sports.

"I'm really enjoying being at the top of the order where you get full value for shots here in Australia in particular. It's been good fun.

"It's obviously disappointing not to be on the right side tonight but this group of guys, we're in a good place as a team and we'll keep driving forward.

"I'm really pleased with personally how it's gone and a few records, it's great."

England captain Eoin Morgan was also philosophical in his assessment of their performance in Hobart, admitting a sluggish final 10 overs with the bat had cost them the win.

"It wasn't a bad day in general," he said in his post-match interview. "We played good cricket in stages.

"Ian Bell played a magnificent role at the top of the order, showing his class and experience, but I think ultimately the last 10 overs let us down a bit.

"Credit to Australia, they bowled really well and took advantage of the reverse swing that was available.

"Today was their day, the last 10 overs especially. Looking at what the guys were facing towards the end was extremely difficult to set up to and their variations were pretty good."

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