Ian Bell Cricketer: Signs New Warwickshire Contract

Ian Bell Cricketer celebrates scoring a century at Lords in the 2013 Ashes.
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Ian Bell Cricketer: A legend once more

Warwickshire and England batsmen Ian Bell has agreed to sign a one-year extension to his contract, a deal which will now run until the end of the 2021 season. Ian Bell Cricketer – played for England between 2004 and 2015.

The classy top-order batsmen last represented England in 2015. However, he remains hopeful of a call up once more. The current Warwickshire captain has played 118 Test matches to date, scoring 7,727 runs at an outstanding average of 42.69.

Bell, now 34, first joined Warwickshire as a 10-year-old. On the extension, he said, “Warwickshire is the only county that I’ve ever wanted to play for.”


Ian Bell Cricketer: England Legend

Ian Bell Cricketer bats in the County Championship 2017
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 30 : Ian Bell of Warwickshire batting during the County Championship Division One match between Lancashire and Warwickshire at Old Trafford on August 30, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Bell has been part of an Ashes-winning team on five separate occasions. He was most notably part of the famous 2005 Ashes series when cricket captured the nation.

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Warwickshire Legend

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 04: Ian Bell of Birmingham raises his bat after scoring 50 runs batting during the Vitality Blast match between Nottingham Outlaws and Birmingham Bears at Trent Bridge on July 4, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Domestically, Ian Bell has won six trophies. He captained the Bears to success in the Royal London One-Day Cup in his first season as skipper.

With 307 first-class matches and over 20,000 runs in his Warwickshire career, his prolonged stay is a welcome addition for the county. The supporters are likely to be happy as is Warwickshire Sports Director and Bell’s former England teammate Ashley Giles.

Bell can look forward to teaming up with another of his former England colleagues at the Edgbaston county when cricket finally gets underway this summer.

All-rounder Tim Bresnan joining from Yorkshire for the remainder of the summer, before making his move permanent for next season.

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