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Bell is dreaming of Ashes record

By David Clough

Ian Bell admits he is eyeing an England return and has targeted making Ashes history.

The Warwickshire captain is preparing for the start of the County Championship season with one eye on an international comeback.

Bell, who has 118 Test caps, has not played for his country since failing to score in the second Test against Pakistan in November 2015, just a few months after winning his fifth Ashes series.

England, under new captain Joe Root, face Australia in Brisbane in November in the first Test of the 2017-18 tour.

Sir Ian Botham and Wilfred Rhodes are the only other Englishmen to have played in five Ashes-winning series and Bell wants to go one better than the pair if he can earn a recall.

"I've been lucky enough to win five Ashes, no one has ever won six so there's always a carrot for me if I was lucky enough to get into that squad," he said.

"There's no doubt, on an individual level, to be part of a squad which wins six would be something pretty special.

"You always think about it. I still have ambitions to play for England. I enjoyed playing in the Big Bash which was as close to playing international cricket without playing for England.

"I have that drive to do it but winning games for Warwickshire and scoring runs is my main aim. If anything comes on top of that then great."

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