“Test Cricket is Brutal”: Ian Bell

Under-pressure England batsman Ian Bell has described Test cricket as a “brutal environment” ahead of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston – but says there is no reason he cannot return to form.Bell has scored just 117 runs in his last six Tests at an average of 10.63.”It’s a brutal environment, international sport,” Bell, 33, said. “You have to perform.”I’m realistic enough to know that I haven’t played to the best of my ability in the last two months.”Despite his struggles, Bell has been promoted up the order to number three for the match on his home ground and the Warwickshire batsman is optimistic that the move can revitalise his form.”For me it’s about performing,” Bell told BBC Sport. “Whether you’re batting three, four or five you’ve got to score hundreds and I’m looking forward to that challenge.

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