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Ian eager to bat at No.3

Alice Springs: Ian Bell is “absolutely willing” to replace Jonathan Trott at the No.3 spot in England’s batting order when the second Ashes Test against Australia starts on Thursday.

Trott, the regular No.3, left the tour to deal with a stress-related problem a day after England’s comprehensive defeat in Brisbane.

“We’ve spoken about it, and obviously I’ve said I’m absolutely willing to go to No.3,” Bell, who bats at five, said on Saturday. “That decision is probably out of my control. We’ve got a number of options with the batting and the balance of the side — but absolutely I’ll put my hand up. We’ll soon see.” (Reuters)