County news April 5, 2017

Bell commits to Warwickshire until 2020

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Ian Bell has committed to Warwickshire for a further three years, after signing a contract extension that runs until the end of the 2020 season.

Bell, 34, scored 7,727 runs at 42.69 in 118 Test appearances, but has not played for England since their 2-0 series defeat against Pakistan in November 2015.

However, with 18,533 runs to his name in first-class cricket, his commitment to Warwickshire is undimmed, not least since being appointed captain last year.

"Warwickshire is the only county that I've ever wanted to play for," Bell said.

"The club has played a huge role in my career and it's a great honour to now captain the team and help our young, talented players fulfil their potential here at Edgbaston."

Bell played in seven Ashes series in the course of his England career, emerging victorious on five occasions in 2005, 2009, 2010-11, 2013 and 2015.

In domestic cricket, he has won six trophies, including last summer's Royal London One-Day Cup when the Birmingham Bears beat Surrey in the final at Lord's to cap his first season as captain.

"Ian is a true Bear who has been with Warwickshire since the age of 10 and has gone on to be one of the most decorated players in the club's history," said Warwickshire sport director, Ashley Giles.

"He continues to be one of the leading batsmen in the country across all three formats and, as our captain, he sets exceptionally high standards for the rest of the squad."

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  • Taz786 on April 6, 2017, 15:10 GMT

    Ian bell is a fantastic player. How many match winning innings has he played for club and country ? countless. lion spirit. had the pleasure to personally meet him on twenty20 finals day in 2007 as he was a guest speaker.

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