Ashes: England will be '100 per cent' ready for the first Test, says Ian Bell
Ian Bell insists England will be ready for the first Test against Australia despite the weather disrupting their plans.
Last Updated: 11/11/13 11:42am
England saw two full days of their warm-up game against Australia A in Hobart rained off, while the forecast for their final game against an Australian Invitational XI is less than encouraging.
Rain has already meant England have been unable to practice outside in Sydney ahead of the clash that gets underway on Wednesday.
And although Bell admits that it has not been the ideal build up, he is confident that the disruptions will not have an adverse effect on the tourists.
"It is out of our control," said Bell, who scored 115 not out in the opening game against Western Australia. "If we focus too much on it then it can get in your head a little bit but for us we've got what we've got so I don't think it worries too many people.
"We've a lot of experienced people in the team that can cope with that. Everyone will be 100 per cent ready for Brisbane.
"Ideally it is good to have time in the middle. I've always said it is better to spend time out there than just in the nets.
"I don't know if there is a right amount of time but if you can get some runs under your belt it gives you a lot confidence heading into the series.
"But individually and as a team I have been involved in tours where you've gone out and scored a lot of runs in the warm-up games and not so many in the series and then gone into a series with nothing under your but gone on to have a great series. I think it is more about the mental side and getting as prepared as you can."
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