Ian Bell Biography
Ian Bell is an English cricketer born on 11 April 1982 in Warwickshire. He played in all the formats of the game for the English cricket team. He is a right-handed top order batsman and a part-time right-arm medium pace bowler.
Bell is a technically sound batsman and has an excellent temperament. He is also a good fielder in the slips. He is one of the few batsmen to have achieved the feat of scoring a test century against all test playing nations (excluding Zimbabwe).
Bell started his career playing for the England Under-19 cricket team on their tour of New Zealand in 1998. For his marvelous performances in this series, Dayle Hadlee called Bell “the best 16-year-old I have ever seen”. Bell made his first-class debut for Warwickshire in September 1999.
Bell has represented Warwickshire throughout his county cricket career. He was an integral part of the England Under-19 cricket team from 1998 to 2001. He was a part of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) from the year 2004 to 2009.
Bell made his Test debut against West Indies in August 2004 and scored 70 runs in his only innings. He made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in November 2004. Playing a match winning innings of 75 runs to take England over the winning line, Bell won the Man of the Match award in his first ODI.
His T20 debut came against Pakistan in 2006, where he scored 13 runs in England’s loss.
Rise to Glory
Bell came to prominence when he performed exquisitely in the two-Test series against Bangladesh with scores of 65 not out and 162 not out in the two innings he played. He became the first English cricketer since Leslie Ames in 1935 to score over 100 runs before lunch in a Test match.
He continued his good run as he scored a century along with two half-centuries in the three-match Test series against Pakistan. He was England’s top run scorer with 313 runs at an average of 52.16.
Bell had a poor 2005 Ashes campaign as he averaged a meager 17.10 in five matches including a pair (score of 0 in both innings of a Test match) at the Oval.
Stats and Records
Bell has scored 7727 runs in 118 Tests at an average of 42.69 with 22 centuries. In the ODIs, Bell has made 5416 runs in 160 matches at an average of 37.87. He is the highest run scorer for England in the ODIs.
Bell was presented the ICC Emerging Player of the Year award in 2006 and was appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2006 New Year Honours.
He was the Man of the Series for his spectacular during the 2013 Ashes.