Ian Bell

Country: England
Born: April 11, 1982, Walsgrave, Coventry, Warwickshire
Height: 5ft 10in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Top order Batter

Ian Bell Bio

Ian Ronald Bell is a revered cricket player from England, known for his elegance and grace on the field. With a career spanning 118 Tests, 169 limited-overs caps, and numerous first-class runs for Warwickshire, Bell left an indelible mark on English cricket.

From a young age, Bell showed immense promise and talent. Dayle Hadlee once described him as the best 16-year-old he had ever seen, setting high expectations for his future career. Bell made his England debut at a young age and quickly became burdened with the pressure to perform. While he initially excelled when the pressure was off, maintaining an average above 40 and hitting a century every five Tests, he faced challenges against Australia’s champions, McGrath and Warne, early on in his international career.

However, Bell rose to the occasion during the South Africa tour in 2009-10, where he showcased his skill and resilience. He played a key role in England’s victory in Durban with a perfectly paced century at the No. 6 position, followed by a crucial backs-to-the-wall 78 in Cape Town that saved the match and ensured a series draw. Bell continued to shine during England’s tour of Australia, particularly with his maiden Ashes hundred in Sydney.

Bell was renowned for his ability to leave the ball outside off stump and received consistent praise from coaches throughout his career. Despite initial struggles at the international level, he gradually found his form and achieved remarkable consistency between 2010 and 2011, averaging over 65 in five successive series. Bell’s talent wasn’t limited to Test cricket; he also made a seamless transition to opener in 50-over cricket and achieved success in ODI matches.

While his Test career had its ups and downs, Bell delivered a series-defining performance during the 2013 Ashes. He scored centuries in each of England’s three victories, becoming the first player since Chris Broad in 1986 to achieve this feat. Bell’s exceptional performance earned him the player of the series award and a spot on the shortlist for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.

However, his form saw a decline during the 2013-14 Ashes series, as well as subsequent series. He struggled to find consistency and averages plummeted. Bell was dropped from the ODI side after the 2015 World Cup and soon faced the disappointment of being dropped from the Test side as well.

Nevertheless, he remained optimistic and took on the role of captain for Warwickshire. Under his leadership, the team won the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2016. Bell continued to showcase his skill in county cricket, even earning a spot in the Big Bash with the Perth Scorchers. Though a Championship century eluded him in Warwickshire’s relegation season, he remained determined and stepped down as captain towards the end of the year.

Despite his hopes of playing for England again, Bell had to come to terms with the realization that his international career was over. He consequently enjoyed a prolific run in Warwickshire’s promotion season in 2018, including two centuries in a match against Glamorgan. Bell’s unwavering commitment to the sport led him to take on the role of batting coach for the England U19 side at the World Cup in 2020.

Throughout his career, Bell’s cover drive has remained as elegant as ever, serving as a testament to his skill and finesse. As the last remaining member of the 2005 Ashes-winning side, Bell continues to leave an enduring legacy in English cricket.

Ian Bell Career Stats

Ian Bell Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 118 205 24 7727 235 42.69 15622 49.46 22 46 919 39 100 0
T20Is 8 8 1 188 60* 26.85 163 115.33 0 1 23 2 4 0
ODIs 161 157 14 5416 141 37.87 7019 77.16 4 35 525 32 54 0
FC 312 524 55 20440 262* 43.58 - - 57 105 - - 238 0
List A 318 301 31 11130 158 41.22 - - 13 79 - - 109 0
T20s 107 103 12 2790 131 30.65 2248 124.11 1 18 270 70 37 0

Ian Bell Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 118 6 108 76 1 1/33 1/33 76 4.22 108 0 0 0
T20Is 8 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 161 6 88 88 6 3/9 3/9 14.66 6 14.6 0 0 0
FC 312 - 2875 1615 47 4/4 - 34.36 3.37 61.1 3 0 0
List A 318 - 1290 1138 33 5/41 5/41 34.48 5.29 39 0 1 0
T20s 107 10 132 186 3 1/12 1/12 62 8.45 44 0 0 0

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