June 4, 2005
The maiden Test century
The opposition is admittedly weak, but Ian Bell needs only three innings to notch up his first Test century. After scoring 70 and 65 not out in his first two innings, he scores an unbeaten 162 against Bangladesh
After a terrific start to his Test career, Bell is quickly brought down to earth in the 2005 Ashes by Glenn Mcgrath and Shane Warne. Bell scores two half-centuries at Old Trafford but only manages 171 runs in ten innings in the series.
Redemption in Pakistan
Bell is England's highest run-getter with 313 runs at an average of 52.16 in the series defeat in Pakistan. In Faisalabad he scores 115
, his second Test century.
Three tons in a series
The four-Test series home series against Pakistan is a splendid one for him too. He scores three hundreds - 100 not out at Lord's
(thus getting his name up on the honours board there), 106 not out at Old Trafford
, and 119 at Headingley
November 2006 - January 2007
Improved Ashes display
Bell scores 331 runs in ten innings with four half-centuries even as England are drubbed 5-0.
May 18, 2007
On the Lord's honours board again
For the second successive year, Bell notches up a Test century at Lord's
, this time scoring an unbeaten 109 against West Indies.
August 21, 2007
The elusive ODI century
In his 46th ODI innings, Bell finally scores his maiden century, an unbeaten 126
against India at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. It's enough to win England the match by 104 runs.
July 11, 2008
Lord's ecstasy and agony
For the third successive year Bell gets a Test hundred at Lord's - this time against South Africa - but this one's tinged with some regret, as he is dismissed by Paul Harris for 199
December 2009 - January 2010
Tough runs in South Africa
Bell answers the critics who claim he can't score in difficult conditions, with two sublime innings in South Africa. In the second Test
in Durban, his 140 sets up an innings win, and in the next Test, in Cape Town
, he bats almost five hours for his 78 as England squeeze a draw after being nine down.
January 5, 2011
Splendid in Sydney
Bell caps off a superb Ashes series with 115 in Sydney
as England trounce Australia by an innings and 83 runs and wrap the series 3-1.
Four innings, average 331
Bell racks up scores of 103 not out, 52, 57 not out, and 119 not out for a series aggregate and average of 331 at home against Sri Lanka.
India at his mercy
Bell continues his merry run-fest, scoring two hundreds in the four-Test series against India. In the last Test at The Oval
, he scores 235, his highest Test score. That's also his last Test innings of 2011, a year in which he scores 950 runs in eight Tests at an average of 118.75.
After an unbelievable year in Test cricket in 2011, Bell gets a harsh reminder that Test cricket isn't all that easy: in six innings
against Pakistan, he manages a grand total of 51, and is completely at sea against Saeed Ajmal's doosra.