England batsman Ian Bell will depart for the Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next month with the aim of establishing himself as the world’s number one Test batsman.
Warwickshire’s Bell currently stands fourth in the ICC rankings, a place below his England team-mate Alastair Cook.
Bell’s previous 12 Tests produced more than 1,100 runs including a maiden Test double century and his first Ashes series.
But he has no intention of resting on his laurels and has spent been busy working with England batting coach Graham Gooch who has set Bell the target of becoming world number one.
“I want to be able to carry on the form I have had. I have got 16 Test hundreds now and I would love to be able to move on to 20,” Bell said.
“That’s a goal for me coming up. I’m four in the world in Test cricket at the moment and number one is what I want to get to.
“That’s what Goochie is pushing me to towards and that’s the goal. It’s going to be hard work but that’s the long term aim.
“It’s something that Goochie wants me to achieve, but it’s something that he also wants Cookie [Alastair Cook], Straussy [Andrew Strauss] and Trotty [Jonathan Trott] to achieve that too and he’s pushing them just as hard.”