The Warwickshire man has 213 runs in four innings in the series, despite often getting stranded batting with the tail. Meanwhile, Paul Collingwood, who bats one place above Bell at five, has mustered only 62 runs.
England could consider bringing in Middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan for Collingwood, while in the bowling department seamers Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad are waiting in the wings.
If we can keep playing that same brand of cricket we have played in the majority of the series, then we have a great chance of retaining the Ashes
England captain Andrew Strauss
Steven Finn gave up more than five runs an over throughout the match, while spinner Graeme Swann failed to take a wicket in Australia's second innings - and bowled only 25 of the 162 overs England sent down in the match.
Team director Andy Flower echoed his captain's belief that knee-jerk reactions were unnecessary, but admitted elevating Bell would come under consideration.
"He's pushing to get up the order, there's no doubt about that," said Flower. "But we've had six good weeks on tour and I would guard against making snap judgements like that."
England, who came into the match leading the series 1-0 after an innings victory in Adelaide, lost their last five wickets in 50 minutes on Sunday morning as Australia rounded off a comprehensive victory to draw level at 1-1 with two matches to play.
Having bowled the hosts out for 268 on day one, England collapsed from 78-0 to 187 all out in their first innings.
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