28 Jul 2009

Bell definetly in for Pietersen

6:25 am on 28 July 2009

Ian Bell will replace injured Kevin Pietersen at number four in the England batting order in this week's third Ashes cricket test against Australia.

Captain Andrew Strauss also expects paceman Andrew Flintoff to be available after he bowled England to a victory in the second test at Lord's despite a painful knee.

Strauss says Bell for Pietersen is the least possible disruption to the other members of the side.

Pietersen is out of the rest of the series following surgery on his Achilles tendon.

Flintoff, who will retire from test cricket after the Ashes, took five wickets at Lord's as Australia suffered a 115-run defeat that leaves England 1-nil up in the series.

Bell has played in 46 tests for England and played in the Ashes series win in 2005, although he struggled for runs. In his last 12 test innings, Bell has managed just one 50.