Ian Bell says it 'makes sense' for him to bat at No 4 for England this summer
Batsman Ian Bell wants number four slot the England Test team and hopes to emulate Kevin Pietersen in the role.
Last Updated: 15/05/14 8:56am
The 32-year-old batsman, with 20 centuries and 98 Tests to his name, has operated at number five for some time and has always relished the chance to move up the order.
He deputised at four in 2009 and 2011 and said last month he wanted a settled position after playing at four for Warwickshire, but the number three spot also up for grabs due to Jonathan Trott's continued absence.
Bell said: "I've been at number five, so moving to four makes sense.
"But we'll see what happens. I'd like to stay in a position and be settled rather than moving up and down the order, and it feels quite nice for me at four.
"Hopefully I can stay there."
A number of positions in the Test side are up for grabs after England's dismal winter, and the batting order is especially unknown after long-term batting coach Graham Gooch left the new set-up earlier this month.
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And Bell, voted player of the series in last year's summer Ashes success, says he will still tap into Gooch's knowledge in order to emulate Pietersen should he be given the role.
"Gooch is someone I'll still be tapping into for advice over the next few years," he said.
"He's been a massive part of the success we've had as a batting unit and he's one of the best coaches I've worked with."I've played with Kev for 10 years and I enjoyed my time with him. I've been very fortunate to play my career alongside someone who's done some really special things for England.
"We've always had a good relationship on the field as our batting seemed to complement each other."
The likes of Joe Root, James Taylor, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, James Vince and Sam Robson are all in the frame for batting spots ahead England's first summer Test series against Sri Lanka, which begins at Lord's on June 12.
England will compete in a five-match one day international series with Sri Lanka May 26 to June 1, after a single Twenty20 on May 20.
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