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Ian Bell
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Personal information
Full name Ian Ronald Bell
Born 11 April 1982 (1982-04-11) (age 35)
Walsgrave, Coventry, England
Nickname Belly
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 626) 19 August 2004 v West Indies
Last Test 13 April 2015 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 184) 28 November 2004 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 13 March 2015 v Afghanistan
ODI shirt no. 7
Domestic team information
Years Team
1999–present Warwickshire (squad no. 4)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 106 161 246 291
Runs scored 7,348 5,416 16,938 10,132
Batting average 45.00 37.87 45.90 40.20
100s/50s 22/42 4/35 48/87 11/72
Top score 235 141 262* 158
Balls bowled 108 88 2,827 1,290
Wickets 1 6 47 33
Bowling average 76.00 14.66 34.00 34.48
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/33 3/9 4/4 5/41
Catches/stumpings 88/– 54/– 188/– 102/–
Source: CricketArchive, 13 March 2015

Ian Ronald Bell MBE (born 11 April 1982) is an English cricketer who plays international cricket for the England cricket team. He also plays county cricket for Warwickshire County Cricket Club. He is a right-handed higher/middle order batsman, described in The Times as an "exquisite rapier," and occasional right-arm medium pace bowler. He is also noted for his sharp reflexes and often fields in close catching positions. He has scored twenty Test centuries and three ODI 100s. He is one of only a handful of batsman to have scored a test century against all current test playing nations (this excludes Zimbabwe).

In the 2006 New Year Honours List, Ian Bell was awarded the MBE for his role in the successful Ashes campaign of 2005. In November 2006, he was awarded the Emerging Player of the Year award by the International Cricket Council. During 2008 and 2009, he was a more infrequent member of the England teams – however he reclaimed his Test place during the 2009 Ashes, which England won, and featured in several ODIs the following year. During 2010, he captained Warwickshire to victory in the CB40 final before scoring his first Ashes century the following winter as he helped England retain the Ashes down-under. Warwickshire County Cricket Club awarded Bell a benefit in 2011.

In July 2012, Bell signed a new three-year contract with Warwickshire extending his stay at the club at least till 2015.

Education and early life

Bell's family hailed from Dunchurch, near Rugby and he played for the local cricket club as a junior. Bell was educated at Princethorpe College, a Roman Catholic independent school in the nearby village of Princethorpe and made the 1st XI in year 7. He also attended Coventry City's football school of excellence, despite being a supporter of Aston Villa. His brother Keith, born two years later, has played amateur cricket for Staffordshire, and has also played seven games for the Warwickshire Second XI.

Early career

Bell made three appearances for Warwickshire's second team in 1998, his next matches at senior level were with the England Under-19 cricket team on their tour of New Zealand that winter. He made 91 in the first innings of the first Test, and 115 in the first innings of the third; Dayle Hadlee called Bell "the best 16-year-old I've ever seen", and he was often compared with former England captain Mike Atherton. Bell played in several more Under-19 series, captaining the team at home against Sri Lanka in 2000, in their 2000/01 tour of India, and for the first match at home against West Indies in 2001.

By this time Bell had made his first-class debut, appearing in a single match for the Warwickshire first team in September 1999, but was out for a duck in his only innings and played no further part at that level until 2000/01, when he followed on from his Under-19 matches by playing for England A against the Leeward Islands in the Busta Cup tournament game in Anguilla.

Bell broke into the Warwickshire first-team in 2001 as he scored 836 runs in 16 innings including three centuries and two scores of 98. His first century, a score of 130 against Oxford UCCE, made him the county's youngest ever centurion at 19 years and 56 days. He also became the county's youngest capped player ever when Warwickshire awarded him a county cap on the final day of the season.

Bell was named in the first intake of the ECB National Academy who spent the 2001/02 winter in Australia. The day after he returned home from Adelaide he was brought into the full England Test squad to cover for the injured Mark Butcher on the New Zealand tour.

In 2002 Bell's four-day form fell away as he scored 658 at an average of 24.37 however he was instrumental in the county's Benson & Hedges Cup success. He top-scored in the Quarter-final (scoring 85 not out), Semi-final (46) and Final (65 not out), the latter performance winning him the Gold Award in the last ever Benson & Hedges Cup final.

Bell's best form in 2003 once again came in the one-day format, he scored 779 runs at 28.85 in the County Championship compared to 560 runs at 43.07 in the National League, his best performance came at Chelmsford where he scored his maiden one-day century, 125 off 113 deliveries, as well as taking 5/41, his best one-day bowling figures. This was only the second time a Warwickshire player had achieved this feat.

After two poor seasons Bell was back to his best in 2004, he scored 1498 Championship runs which included six centuries. One of the six was a career-best 262 not out against Sussex; the innings lasting ten minutes short of ten hours made him the county's youngest ever double-centurion. In late July he began an impressive sequence of four centuries in five first-class innings, the other being a score of 96 not out. The centuries in both innings against Lancashire were the first by a Warwickshire batsman against an authentic attack (David Hemp achieved the feat against declaration bowling) since Brian Lara in 1994. This run of form led to him being brought into the England Test squad when Graham Thorpe was left doubtful with a finger injury.

Test Statistics

Test Centuries

Ian Bell's Test Centuries
No. Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 162* 3 Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh Chester-le-Street, England Riverside Ground 2005
[2] 115 10 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Faisalabad, Pakistan Iqbal Stadium 2005/06
[3] 100* 15 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan London, England Lord's 2006
[4] 106* 16 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Manchester, England Old Trafford 2006
[5] 119 17 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Headingley, England Headingley Carnegie Stadium 2006
[6] 109* 24 Flag of West Indies West Indies London, England Lord's 2007
[7] 110 36 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 2008
[8] 199 40 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa London, England Lord's 2008
[9] 140 51 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Durban, South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 2009
[10] 138 55 Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium 2010
[11] 128 57 Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh Manchester, England Old Trafford 2010
[12] 115 61 Flag of Australia Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2011
[13] 103* 62 Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka Cardiff, Wales SWALEC Stadium 2011
[14] 119* 64 Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka Southampton, England The Rose Bowl 2011
[15] 159 66 Flag of India India Nottingham, England Trent Bridge 2011
[16] 235 68 Flag of India India London, England The Oval 2011
[17] 116* 83 Flag of India India Nagpur, India VCA Stadium 2012
[18] 109 89 Flag of Australia Australia Nottingham, England Trent Bridge 2013
[19] 109 90 Flag of Australia Australia London, England Lord's 2013
[20] 113 92 Flag of Australia Australia Chester-Le-Street, England Riverside Ground 2013
[21] 167 103 Flag of India India Southampton, England The Rose Bowl 2014
[22] 143 106 Flag of West Indies West Indies North Sound, Antigua Sir Vivian Richards Stadium 2015

External links

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