New Warwickshire deal for Bell

Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by The News Editor

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England batsman Ian Bell has signed a three-year contract extension with Warwickshire that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2017 season, the county have announced.

Bell signed his first contract with Warwickshire in 1999 after progressing through the youth ranks from the Under-11 team.

The 32-year-old has gone on to play 105 Test matches and 161 one-day internationals for England.

Bell said: “As a Warwickshire man through and through, I’m absolutely delighted to commit to this fantastic club for another three years.

“I have many ambitions I’m still desperate to fulfil, both on a domestic and international level, and I look forward to hopefully achieving these over the coming years as a Bear.”

Bell has won five trophies with Warwickshire, including the the County Championship in 2004 and 2012, the B&H Cup in 2002, the Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2010 and most recently the NatWest T20 Blast at Edgbaston last season.

He has scored 48 centuries in 246 first-class matches.

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown said: “Ian is a Bear through and through and he has been a fantastic servant to the club.

“Whilst he continues to play a leading role for England, he is also an invaluable member of our squad who makes a huge contribution on and of the pitch.

“He has been one of the best batsmen in the world for several years and everyone at the club is delighted that he remains a Bear for the foreseeable future.”

Bell departs for England’s four-Test tour of West Indies on Thursday, ahead of two home series against New Zealand and Australia this summer.

Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by The News Editor

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