Ian Bell is to consider his England future after another victorious Ashes series

  • Ian Bell is the third Englishmen to play in five Ashes-winning campaigns
  • The batsman was hit-and-miss in England's latest series win over Australia
  • The 33-year-old will now 'take stock' of his future in the next few weeks 

England batsman Ian Bell is keen to prolong his career but has hinted at retirement after saying he will 'take stock' of his future in the next few weeks.

Bell - one of only three Englishmen, after Sir Ian Botham and Wilfred Rhodes, to feature in five Ashes-winning campaigns - was hit-and-miss in England's latest series victory over Australia.

The 33-year-old was shifted up the order to three after an indifferent start and he responded with a brace of crucial half-centuries on his home ground of Edgbaston, although he made just 24 runs in three innings at Trent Bridge and The Oval.

Ian Bell (centre) takes a selfie with Joe Root after England officially lifted the Ashes urn on Sunday

Ian Bell (centre) takes a selfie with Joe Root after England officially lifted the Ashes urn on Sunday

Bell, seen here playing a shot on Saturday,  was hit-and-miss in England's latest series victory over Australia

Bell, seen here playing a shot on Saturday,  was hit-and-miss in England's latest series victory over Australia

His place should be under no immediate scrutiny but Bell, now the only active international cricketer to have featured in the famous 2005 Ashes series after Michael Clarke's retirement, revealed the rigours of the game could prompt him to walk away.

'I'm pretty tired and looking forward to a break,' he said on BBC's Test Match Special

'Ashes series take everything out of you. They are physically and mentally draining.

'Hopefully, I've got a lot of cricket ahead of me. I'll take stock over the next few weeks.' 

His place should be under no real scrutiny yet but Bell says the rigours of the game could see him walk away

His place should be under no real scrutiny yet but Bell says the rigours of the game could see him walk away

 

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