Bell: England are hurting

Ian Bell admitted England were "hurting" after being flattened by the pace of Mitchell Johnson on the third day of the second Ashes Test.

The tourists were dismissed for just 172 in their first innings on a flat Adelaide pitch, at one stage slipping from 111-3 to 135-9 in the face of some seriously hostile fast bowling from Johnson.

The left-arm paceman finished up with figures of 7-40, having twice found himself on a hat-trick. His efforts meant Australia held a mammoth lead of 398, though home skipper Michael Clarke opted not to enforce the follow-on.

By the close that advantage had increased to 530, leaving England looking in real trouble having already lost the series opener at the Gabba by 381 runs.

"It's thoroughly disappointing," Bell, who top-scored for England with an unbeaten 72, told Sky Sports.

"Obviously it's a very good wicket here and again we haven't given our bowlers any opportunity to get back in the game.

"The guys are hurting but I can reassure you that they are training hard and will do everything they possibly can to try and put this right in the second innings.

"As a group we've shown over a number of years now the amount of fight we have in that dressing room. Okay, we haven't put it quite right on this trip just yet, but there are a lot of guys in there, and there is a lot of cricket still to go in this series, and we will show people we have got that fight.

"It starts tomorrow and then the last day. We certainly have to fight hard.

"Obviously Mitchell Johnson has bowled very well in this series, give him credit for that, and as a unit they have bowled well, but as an England team we haven't done anything close to what we are capable of doing."

Bright spot

Bell's knock was a rare bright spot on an otherwise gloomy day for England; the Warwickshire batsman looked in complete control whilst the carnage unfolded at the other end, hitting four sixes and nine fours.

"It's nice to spend a bit of time in the middle and I feel in pretty good form - it's carried on quite nicely since the summer," he said of his own form.

"I'd like to get out there and score as a big a runs as possible. As a group, if we can start doing that we can give our bowlers the best chance."

Considering he also hit three centuries in the summer Ashes series on home soil, there will be calls for Bell to move up the order and replace departed county colleague Jonathan Trott at no 3.

"It's out of my decision," he replied when asked about a possible promotion to a role that was filled by Joe Root in the first innings in Adelaide.

"I'm happy to bat anywhere for the team. I thought 'Rooty' played very, very well until his dismissal. He shaped up brilliantly against the new ball."