Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:06:16 GMT | By ANI

Kiwi series as launch pad for Ashes mission: Bell

Bell wants to use the Test matches against New Zealand as preparation for the Ashes series


Kiwi series as launch pad for Ashes mission: Bell (© Getty Images)

London: Ian Bell has claimed England can launch their historic Ashes year in ideal style by winning the Test series in New Zealand.

Bell is calling on the five-day team to fine-tune their form in the coming month and build some momentum, the Sun reports.

England, who has won three of the last four Ashes series, plays 10 back-to-back Tests against Australia this summer and next winter, and Bell said they have to look to win this series, really understand each other and take that momentum into the English summer at home.

Bell added he is sure as a group they are looking ahead a bit, adding it's important they are playing their best cricket when they start those 10 Ashes Tests. Bell said this Test series in New Zealand is important, and they want to win and secure victories in the Twenty20 matches, one-days and Tests.

The middle-order batsman added winning all three series would be terrific and is something they haven't done in New Zealand for a long time, adding then they can go back to England and prepare for a big summer. After the three Tests here, England play another two at home to the Black Caps and then the Champions Trophy one-days before the Ashes.

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