Matthew Bell

Country: New Zealand
Born: February 25, 1977, Dunedin, Otago
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak

Matthew Bell Bio

Matthew David Bell is a former New Zealand cricketer who was known for his skills as a top-order batsman. Born on September 18, 1971, in Palmerston North, New Zealand, Bell had a passion for cricket from an early age. His dedication and talent eventually led him to represent his country at the international level.

Bell made his debut for the Northern Districts cricket team in 1994. It was not an auspicious start for the young batsman as he got dismissed in an unusual fashion – hit-wicket. However, he persevered and worked hard to improve his game. In 1997, during his third season with Northern Districts, Bell achieved a major milestone by scoring his maiden first-class hundred, displaying his immense potential.

In 1998, Bell received his first opportunity to represent New Zealand at the Test level when he was called up to face India. Unfortunately, his international debut was marred by stomach cramps, which made him unavailable for the rest of the summer. Nonetheless, his talent and determination earned him a place in the squad for New Zealand’s tour of England in the following season.

During the tour, Bell showcased glimpses of his batting prowess. In a match against England at Old Trafford, he displayed his patience and technique by scoring a watchful 83. Despite his efforts, he struggled to make a significant impact throughout the series. However, he redeemed himself during the New Zealand vs Pakistan Test series in 2001. Bell played a vital role in helping New Zealand win the third Test and draw the series 1-1 by scoring his maiden Test hundred.

Despite his success against Pakistan, Bell faced a challenging period in his career during New Zealand’s tour of Australia later that year. He struggled against Australia’s formidable bowling attack and subsequently was dropped from the New Zealand squad for their tour of Pakistan in 2002.

Bell’s determination and consistent performances in domestic cricket brought him back into contention for national selection. A prolific start to the 2007-08 domestic season led to his inclusion in the Test squad for the home series against Bangladesh in January 2008. This marked his return to Test cricket after more than six years of absence.

Over the course of his career, Bell amassed impressive stats in domestic cricket. He proved his mettle as a dependable opening batsman, scoring numerous centuries and valuable runs for his team. His ability to withstand quality bowling attacks and bat with composure under pressure made him a respected figure in New Zealand cricket.

Matthew David Bell’s cricketing journey was a testament to his determination, perseverance, and love for the sport. His contributions to New Zealand cricket, especially during his brief international career, showcased his immense potential and talent. Bell’s ability to bounce back from setbacks and make notable comebacks serves as an inspiration to aspiring cricketers in New Zealand and around the world.

Matthew Bell Career Stats

Matthew Bell Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 18 32 2 729 107 24.3 1928 37.81 2 3 100 0 19 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 7 7 0 133 66 19 268 49.62 0 1 10 0 1 0
FC 171 293 18 9881 265 35.93 - - 24 53 - - 141 0
List A 160 154 14 3815 124 27.25 - - 4 22 - - 73 0
T20s 18 12 3 195 46 21.66 175 111.42 0 0 18 4 10 0

Matthew Bell Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 18 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 7 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 171 - 31 23 0 - - - 4.45 - 0 0 0
List A 160 - 2 4 0 - - - 12 - 0 0 0
T20s 18 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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