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Ian Bell

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
England, England Academy, England A, England XI, MCC, Warwickshire Cricket Board, Warwickshire, England Under-19
Roles played:
ICC Rank:
Home country:
April 11, 1982, Walsgrave, Coventry, Warwickshire


This right-handed stylish batsman from Coventry, England, was already a star, long before he even actually made it to the national team, receiving praise from the likes of Dayle Hadlee at the age of 16. Known to be a highly talented batsman, Ian Bell is one of the few English players who has established himself in all formats of the game.

Bell got his first call-up to the England squad in 2001 after playing just 13 first-class games. However, he made his Test debut as late as August 2004 against the West Indies. 'Belly' became an instant star scoring 70 on debut and was given an opening to the ODI circuit against Zimbabwe later that year where he impressed once again scoring 75 bagging the 'Man of the Match' award for his efforts. His first big slump in international cricket came against arch-rivals Australia where Glenn McGrath and the likes restricted him to a paltry 171 runs in 10 innings. Bell recovered rapidly from the fall and turned out to be the highest run-scorer in the subsequent series against Pakistan.

The middle-order batsman received a lot of flak for not converting starts into big innings and was doubted by most cricketing experts who pondered whether he had the talent to get to the three-figure mark. One of his characteristics was to get out softly, especially after getting himself set at the crease. A solid 110 against New Zealand and a stunning 199 against South Africa in 2008 silenced critics in an emphatic manner. He was dropped in the winter after a poor first Test against West Indies but soon restored his place in the side and went on to score a match-winning 140 against South Africa at Durban.

Over the years, Ian Bell has become one of England's most reliable middle-order batsmen in Tests and when he was sent up to be a regular opener in ODIs, he was seldom disappointing. Ian Bell's stature in the England team went up a notch when he was England's run-piler in the home Ashes series in 2013 during which he became the first man since Chris Broad in 1986 to reach triple figures in three consecutive Ashes Tests. The return Ashes saw the Poms lose the urn to the Aussies through a clean-sweep and Bell failed to blossom with the bat, scoring just two half centuries in the series. Now a senior member of the side, a lot of responsibility rests on Ian Bell's shoulders and he has carried the burden rather appreciably.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 115 199 7569 23 43.00 50.05 22 45 235
ODI 161 157 5416 14 37.87 77.16 4 35 141
T20 8 8 188 1 26.85 115.33 0 1 60*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 115 6 108 76 1 1/33 / 76.00 4.22 0 0 0 5
ODI 161 6 88 88 6 3/9 / 14.66 6.00 0 0 0 4
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 97 0 4
ODI 54 0 13
T20 4 0 1


England Vs West Indies at Kennington Oval (The Oval), London - Aug 19, 2004
Last played:
England Vs Australia at The Oval, London - Aug 20, 2015
England Vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) - Nov 28, 2004
Last played:
England Vs Afghanistan at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Mar 13, 2015
England Vs Pakistan at County Ground, Nevil Road, Bristol - Aug 28, 2006
Last played:
England Vs Sri Lanka at The Oval, London - May 20, 2014