Bell pumped up for Brisbane

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Ian Bell celebrates his century against Australia A, but today stressed: "We want to do it all again come Thursday."

Ian Bell says the entire England camp is “pretty excited” in anticipation of tomorrow's Ashes opener in Brisbane.

Andrew Strauss’ side head into the series on the back of a near-immaculate preparation, with two wins and a strong showing in a rain-affected draw, but Bell insists complacency will not be allowed to creep in.

“We’ve really enjoyed the three-and-a-half weeks we’ve had preparation and we’ve worked as hard as we possibly could have done,” the Warwickshire batsman told the ECB Podcast.

“We looked on the three warm-up games as games to win, not just games for practise, so it’s nice to win two out of the three and it’s got us into a nice place going into Brisbane.

“But I guess that’s all gone now and over the next 48 hours now we’re going to be pretty excited.

“I think we’ve been out here and we’ve really focused on those first three warm-up games as our own little mini-series in a way and we really didn’t pay much attention to what was going on with Australia against Sri Lanka and with their side.”

After much shuffling around the batting order, Bell appeared to be flourishing in the number six position when a broken foot prematurely ended his summer.

But any worries about the 28-year-old losing form during his lay-off were put to bed by his flawless 192 against Australia A in Hobart last week.

“I’ve felt since I’ve been back from my broken foot that form has come back really nicely,” he added.

“It’s obviously good to come out here and play well in the warm-up games and get used to the conditions and really try and get as much time in the middle as possible.

"The hard work has been great but we want to do it all again come Thursday in Brisbane.

“It’s going to be a good, competitive series and we’re pretty excited now to get going.”

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