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England`s Ian Bell hoping to return to the national team

England`s Ian Bell hoping to return to the national team

Bell, 34, averaged 33 in 10 Big Bash games for Perth Scorchers -- including a vital 61 on debut -- and he knows runs on the board are the only way to force his way back into the England reckoning.

Alastair Cook backs Ian Bell to recover from South Africa snub

Alastair Cook backs Ian Bell to recover from South Africa snub

The opening Test of England`s four-match series against the South Africans starts in Durban on December 26.

England vs South Africa: Alastair Cook & Co to take on deflated Proteas in 4-match Test series

England vs South Africa: Alastair Cook & Co to take on deflated Proteas in 4-match Test series

The first Test between the two countries starts in Durban on December 26.

Gary Ballance for Ian Bell: Is it worth a gamble against South Africa by ECB?

Gary Ballance for Ian Bell: Is it worth a gamble against South Africa by ECB?

It has been 24 innings since Bell scored a century in Tests.

Mark Boucher surprised over ECB's decision to omit Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen

Mark Boucher surprised over ECB's decision to omit Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen has not represented his country since the 2013/14 Ashes series despite averaging 47.28 in Tests.

Not the end for 'world class' batsman Ian Bell, says Stuart Broad

Not the end for 'world class' batsman Ian Bell, says Stuart Broad

Bell was dropped from the England squad for a four-match Test series against South Africa.

Kevin Pietersen slams decision to drop Ian Bell as 'pathetic'

Kevin Pietersen slams decision to drop Ian Bell as 'pathetic'

Bell was a surprise omission from the squad for the forthcoming tour of South Africa starting on December 26.

Ian Bell 'absolutely gutted' after being dropped from tour of South Africa

Ian Bell 'absolutely gutted' after being dropped from tour of South Africa

Bell tweeted that he was "absolutely gutted" to miss out on selection.

Ton-up Alastair Cook spices up England's fight in first Test

Ton-up Alastair Cook spices up England's fight in first Test

England captain Alastair Cook dished out a resolute century to lead his team's remarkable fightback in the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.