Ashes: Ian Bell focused on England win in Melbourne
FOURTH ASHES TEST: AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND Venue: Melbourne Dates: 26-30 December Start time: 2330 GMT on 25 Dec Coverage: Live on Test Match Special on BBC 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW & online; TMS highlights online (UK only) and day's review on the
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Melbourne prepares for Boxing Day showdown
Ian Bell says where he bats for England is irrelevant as long as they win the fourth Ashes Test against Australia.
In-form Bell has been tipped to move up the order to five for the crucial match in Melbourne which begins on Boxing Day, with Paul Collingwood struggling.
Bell said: "It's always nice to get moved up the order [but] I've had no discussions about it.
"But whether it happens or not is irrelevant for this series, as long as we're winning the next two Tests."
He added: "That's the most important thing to me, contributing to this team winning the Ashes."
Bell dismisses talk of batting order change
England skipper Andrew Strauss said: "I'm not going to 100% rule it out - but I'd be surprised if we went down that route.
"It is the time to go back to what has worked very well for us on this tour, and Belly has been a fine example of a number six batsman coming in and taking the game away from the opposition.
"He's in very good form and I can appreciate why people are clamouring for him to go up the order. But I'm very happy with what he is doing down there."
England and Australia are currently level in the series at 1-1, after the hosts claimed an
in the third match.
Bell's first-innings 53 in England's 267-run loss in Perth was his fourth successive Test half-century.
He said he was excited about the prospect of playing in front of a record 90,000-plus crowd at the
MCG on Sunday
as England look to get their Ashes defence back on track.
"Playing here in Melbourne is something you look forward to - a Boxing Day Test match is always special," he said.
"We're particularly excited about playing on one of the best grounds in the world and trying to put right what we did wrong in Perth.
"I think we've played some very good cricket since we've been here. We had a blip in Perth - we knew Australia at some point would play some great cricket and have some great individual performances.
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"We've had a good opportunity to have a sit down and talk about what happened in Perth... in Melbourne, I'm sure we can put right what went wrong."
Team-mate Kevin Pietersen said England will be more prepared for Australia's swing bowling after Mitchell Johnson took nine wickets in Perth.
"I just don't think we prepared for it," Pietersen told BBC Radio 5 live. "The ball swings in England in summer so swing bowling's not a problem.
"We didn't bat as well as we could have [in Perth] - we understand the reasons and a had good thrash in the team meeting about the reasons," he said.
"We've come to grips with that and will be a lot better prepared come Melbourne. We've had great success against swing bowlers in the past."
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Pietersen also defended the under-fire Collingwood, saying: "We support players who are not going through the best of times, because it happens to us all.
"We all know Colly's someone who, when his back is up against the wall, scores runs. I'll be very surprised if we're not 100-3 this week and he gets us a big hundred and in a really good position - I've seen it so many times before."
Meanwhile, the curator at the Melbourne Cricket Ground has hinted England will have nothing to fear from his pitch.
Cameron Hodgkins says he has had no directive from Cricket Australia on what type of surface to prepare for the match - and that it should pose fewer problems than the Waca did in Perth.
"[The MCG] is more a wicket that offers a little bit up front and is quite flat towards the end of the match," he told BBC Sport.
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