London, Dec 1 (ANI): England batsman Ian Bell has said that he is 'absolutely willing' to bat at the No.3 spot for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide to replace his friend and teammate Jonathan Trott, who left the Ashes tour claiming a 'stress-related illness'.
Although Joe Root and Gary Ballance are the two other options for the key position in the Adelaide match, starting on December 5, Bell, who captained as England's final warm-up match tapered off into a draw, says he has already discussed it with the team's management.
According to the BBC, Bell, who was the player of the series in last summer's Ashes when batting at five, stated that he has informed the administrators that he is willing to bat at No.3, although he admitted that the management has got a lot of options with the balance of the side.
Admitting that the departure of Warwickshire teammate Trott after the 381-run first Test defeat in Brisbane had surprised him, Bell further said that he is saddened to see Trott go as he was a key player for England, adding that he hoped Trott can get back to normal as quickly as possible.
Although Bell welcomed Australian coach Darren Lehmann's promise that his players would desist from mentioning Trott on the field when the second Test begins, he however, downplayed the talk of a serious rift between the two sides. (ANI)