GiveMeSport spoke exclusively to England batsman Ian Bell as he appeared alongside teammate Jonny Bairstow at an Asda Kwik Cricket community event.
31-year-old Bell, who made his Test debut against the West Indies in 2004, admitted he has enjoyed the recent time off but insists he is fully focused ahead of the third Ashes Test that begins at Old Trafford on Thursday.
“It’s certainly turning on now,” he said. “It’s nice to have a bit of down time but now it’s switch back on time.”
“It’s nice to get away from it and just get home and have a few nights in your own bed.
“It’s switch on time now.”
Bell has been in imperious form during the series so far, notching 317 runs and two centuries in total in victories at both Trent Bridge and Lord’s.
The Warwickshire stalwart, who also struck a century in the final instalment of the 2011 Ashes series, is only the fourth England batsman in history to have notched hundreds in three consecutive Ashes tests – Jack Hobbs, Wally Hammond and Chris Broad are the others.
Kevin Pietersen remains a doubt for the upcoming encounter with a calf strain, with James Taylor, who hit 121 against Australia during a guest appearance for Sussex last weekend, on standby if he fails to recover in time.
Spinner Monty Panesar and Surrey pace bowler Chris Tremlett have also been recalled to the squad, while Middlesex’s Steven Finn has been dropped.
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