27 Jul 2009

Bell returns to England's test squad

6:07 am on 27 July 2009

Ian Bell is set to return to the England cricket side for this week's third Ashes test against Australia after being named overnight in a 13-man squad.

Bell replaces Kevin Pietersen who has been ruled out of the remainder of the series with an achilles tendon injury.

Fast bowler Steve Harmison and spinner Monty Panesar have also been included in the squad.

The convenor of selectors Geoff Miller says he's confident Andrew Flintoff will be fit for this week's test in Birmingham.