Cricket - England sticking to gameplan - Bell

England are determined back-to-back defeats, and the threat of a first whitewash on home soil since 2006, will make no difference to their attacking intent against New Zealand on Wednesday.

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Ian Bell warned this is no time for him and his ODI team-mates to lose their nerve

Ian Bell warns this is no time for him and his one-day international team-mates to lose their nerve, just before England begin their latest attempt to win a first 50-over global tournament with Saturday's Champions Trophy opener against Australia at Edgbaston. First, of course, they must try to stop their losing run against the Kiwis at Trent Bridge.

"We have a method of winning cricket in these conditions, so it's important to stick to that and be positive," Bell said. "We don't want to go back into our shells."

Stuart Broad - and possibly Steven Finn - is expected to feature against New Zealand after England's two frontline seamers on Tuesday bowled off their full runs in the Nottingham nets, despite their respective knee and shin injuries.

With or without them, Bell insists England's first home defeat in an ODI series since 2009 will not compromise their self-belief.

He added: "English cricket, certainly in one-day form, has taken so many strides forward - and we don't want to go backwards now. We want to be as positive as we can be."

England's untimely blip, with defeats at Lord's last week and then the Ageas Bowl, has been characterised by a series of regrettable shots from specialist batsmen.

Only Jonathan Trott, in his unbeaten century on Sunday, has managed to turn any of 15 double-figure scores into anything better than his own 37 in the first match. Opener Bell accepts he himself has been a prime offender, when it comes to getting in and out.

"It's been frustrating," he said. "All of us feel in good form, but we've done the hard yards and got out.

"In the last couple of years, people have gone on and got big runs - which allow our bowling attack to defend good scores - or when we've chased, someone in the top four has had the responsibility to go through. Trotty did it two days ago, but we need more of it."

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