Aussie selection won’t concern Ian Bell

England Ian Bell One Day Triangular Series

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England opener Ian Bell says he and his side are not interested in which XI Australia put out in their tri-series clash in Hobart on Friday.

Skipper Eoin Morgan and his side got the pre-World Cup tournament off to a disappointing start against the Aussies, as they suffered a three wicket defeat at the hands of their old rivals.

However a superb performance and a convincing victory over India in their last outing has given the tourists added confidence in the England camp ahead of their next meeting in Hobart.

Bell, who got England over the line against India with an unbeaten 88 after getting out first ball against the Baggy Greens, is looking forward to another chance to go up against the Aussies.

Australia have decided to rest in-form opener David Warner and Shane Watson, while pacemen Mitchell Johnson , Josh Hazlewood, plus all-rounder Mitchell Marsh are still not going to be risked ahead of the World Cup next month.

But Bell does not believe this will have an effect on how England will prepare for the game and is confident all the focus will be on their own performance, as they look to try and take another step on the road to booking their place in the tri-series final on February 1.

He told BBC Sport: “We haven’t gone into depth about the XI they’ll have.

“If we can concentrate on ourselves and execute our plans we’ll be difficult whatever XI Australia put out.”

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