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Ian Bell - The man who makes England tick

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Ian Bell only scored 171 runs in 10 innings during the Ashes series in 2005.

However the Ian Bell of 2013 has been vital to England's success this time around, and the batsman has now scored three centuries in successive Ashes tests, something few have achieved. 

This year he has been key England's key batsman, having scored more than 350 in just four innings, as the likes of Alistair Cook and Kevin Pieterson continue their poor batting form. 

"I feel pretty confident right now and it is good to be putting it together in an Ashes series," said Bell. 

Bell's hundred in the first test was vital for England's victory, and without it England could be facing a very different scoreline.

Some of the English squad have stated that Bell is making the side tick.

I don't really feel too bad about the previous series but it is nice to be able to do things when the team need it most and scoring hundreds is what you want to do. Bell later said: "From my first couple of Ashes series I knew I had to improve on that. To have three now against Australia is exactly where I want to be." 

It now seems that thanks to Bell's amazing innings, England may win the Ashes in style. 

England are off to Manchester to try and regain the Ashes, with bell confident of another good innings. 

"I know that the Test matches I've been involved in there, we've got a good record so it is a good place for England to go to now," he said.

"Coming into this series it has been about contributing to the team and at Lord's we had to work hard in different periods of the game and we got our rewards at the end. It has been hard work, but these couple of days will give us a nice break from the cricket so we're right for Old Trafford," he added. 

The third Ashes Test begins on August 1st at Old Trafford, with Australia needing a victory to have any chance of winning the series. 

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