Bell vows to win back England place


Ian Bell has vowed to win back his place in the England Test team after being dropped from their upcoming tour of South Africa.

The 33-year-old has struggled for form in the longest format of the game in recent times, with his last century coming in April against West Indies.

Since then only four half-centuries have followed in 23 innings, but three ducks and six scores of one put his position in jeopardy.

Bell rejected claims he could retire from Test cricket during that run and has reiterated that by speaking of his desire to win his place back for next year's encounters with Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

"I'm absolutely gutted not to be selected for the tour to SA," he posted on Twitter. "I certainly feel I could have contributed out there and have been working tirelessly to get into the best possible condition for the tour. 

"I'm going to enjoy a winter break with my family for the first time in 11 years and come back determined to win my place back. Wishing all the guys selected the best of luck."

Gary Ballance and Nick Compton have been given the chance to replace Bell in England's middle-order, the pair receiving recalls for the tour to face the Proteas.