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Ian Bell offers to help axed Aussie stars

AAP logoAAP 12/12/2016 Justin Chadwick

Ashes nemesis Ian Bell says he's willing to help brothers Shaun and Mitch Marsh break back into the Australian Test team, and he hasn't given up hope of reclaiming his own spot in the international arena.

Bell will leave his allegiances to England behind when he fronts up for the Perth Scorchers in the coming Big Bash League season.

The 34-year-old has been recruited to play a key role with the bat at the top of the order.

But Scorchers coach Justin Langer is also keen for Bell to play a mentoring role.

Mitch Marsh was dropped from the Australian Test team following a series of lean displays against South Africa, and brother Shaun is no certainty to reclaim his spot when he recovers from a broken finger.

Bell hasn't played a Test for England in more than a year, and he's desperate to break back into the national side.

But while he's on Scorchers duties, Bell says he'll do everything he can to pass on his knowledge to Perth's stars - even with an Ashes series looming next summer.

"My England hat is firmly at home," Bell said on Monday.

"This is about coming out and giving as much as I can to the Perth Scorchers, and helping every player I can.

"I've got experience in Test cricket, and if people want to talk about it, I'm more than happy and open to help as many of the players I can here."

Bell was left gutted after being dropped from the England Test side a year ago.

His axing arrived after failing to score a century in his past 23 Test innings.

But Bell is adamant he's not done with yet, and he hopes a standout BBL campaign will help remind selectors of his talent.

"I want to get back into the Test team, there's no doubt," Bell said.

"I've been working as hard on my game as I ever have. My body feels really good. I've had a couple of months of getting those niggles right.

"The energy levels and excitement about playing cricket is through the roof.

"Hopefully, this is another opportunity to go out and show people I'm a good player, and I can get back into the England team."

Bell has twice been on the end of 5-0 Ashes series whitewashes in Australia.

But he was also part of the England side that posted a famous 3-1 series win in Australia in 2010-11.

Bell was influential in that series, averaging 65.8 to put Australia's bowlers to the sword.

"Australia is the toughest place to come. If you're wearing an England shirt and you come here, you know you're up for a scrap," Bell said.

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