Third Ashes Test, Edgbaston: England v Australia Dates: Thursday 30 July to Monday 3 August Start time: 1100 BST Coverage: Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4 Longwave, 5 Live sports extra, the Red Button and BBC Sport website. Text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobile phones. Also live on Sky Sports.
Bell has played in 46 Tests for England
Ian Bell will start Thursday's third Ashes Test at Edgbaston after England opted against calling up a replacement for the injured Kevin Pietersen.
Pietersen has been ruled out of the rest of the series after undergoing surgery on an ongoing Achilles problem.
But his omission is the only change to the squad for Edgbaston after their second Test victory at Lord's.
"Kevin's injury has presented an opportunity for Ian Bell," said national selector Geoff Miller.
"The performance of the team at Lord's was outstanding and a convincing win was well deserved.
"We have obviously had to make a change to the side following Kevin Pietersen's unavailability and we wish Kevin the best with his rehabilitation and look forward to his return to the England team in due course.
"But we know Ian Bell is a top-class batsmen with an excellent international record for England.
"Ian will be looking to make the most of his return to the side during an Ashes series and while we have a strong idea of where he will bat we won't be disclosing the final line-up of the side until the toss on Thursday."
Bell's inclusion is expected to be the only change to the side following their 115-run win over Australia in the second Test, though paceman Steve Harmison and spinner Monty Panesar are again included in the squad.
It means Warwickshire batsman Bell, who has not played international cricket since being dropped following England's defeat by the West Indies in Jamaica in February, will make his return on his home ground.
He was out for a duck against Hampshire on Friday having made only seven runs in the first innings of the drawn match at the Rose Bowl, but has been in good form for most of the season.
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