England v New Zealand: Ian Bell determined to finish one-day series on a high
Last Updated: 05/06/13 1:54pm
Ian Bell: Looking to head into the ICC Champions Trophy off the back of a morale-boosting win
Ian Bell insists England still have plenty to play for heading into the third and final one-dayer against New Zealand, even if they can no longer win the series.
The Black Caps took an unassailable 2-0 lead with a resounding 86-run victory at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday, confirming England's first series defeat in the 50-over format on home soil since 2009.
"It's obviously been very disappointing, but New Zealand have been exceptional."
However, with the ICC Champions Trophy just around the corner, Bell acknowledges it is important for the hosts to put in an improved performance on Wednesday at Trent Bridge.
"It's always good to be at Trent Bridge - we know it's going to be a high-scoring game and it's a good opportunity to get things right for the Champions Trophy," he told Sky Sports.
"It's obviously been very disappointing, but New Zealand have been exceptional.
"We haven't got things quite right but there have been some glimpses and some areas in which we have done some good things.
"Hopefully, tomorrow we can put it all together in one game and it will give us a great entry into the Champions Trophy."
While Jonathan Trott did hit an unbeaten century in a losing cause at the weekend, England's top order have shown a worrying trend of getting themselves out when well set to push on.
Bell himself has managed scores of 18 and 25 in his two knocks and admits there is a need for players to turn good starts into big scores.
"From the batting side, a lot of us have got starts," the right-hander said. "That's been frustrating.
"The fact is we have all got in and then not gone on. Generally, in the last few years, one thing we've done really well is that someone in that top four has gone on."
As for his own performances, the Warwickshire batsman added: "I feel in pretty good form.
"It was the same in the Test matches - I got myself in, was looking good then managed to get out. Sometimes it happens like that."