Ian Bell's Biography
Due to his lack of test experience and therefore lack of innings, Ian Bell had a test match average of 297 before the 2005 Ashes! Bell had hit 65 and 162 - both not out - against Bangladesh, helping him to amass 297 runs with only one out.
Although a great team achievement for England, the 2005 Ashes were not a great triumph for Ian Bell personally, who did not thrive with the bat.
There were also concerns about Ian Bell's form in the early stages of the Pakistan tour after the Ashes. The Warwickshire star only scored 2 and 1 in Rawalpindi.
2006 saw a return to form and Ian Bell scored centuries in both the first and second Tests against Pakistan and he was named as the International Cricket Council top emerging player of 2006.
Bell's test debut was against the West Indies at the Oval in 2004. He had been included in the England squad as early as 2002, after only 13 first class cricket appearances.
Ian Bell was one of the five England cricketers were fined after they were seen out late at a nightclub following England's defeat by New Zealand in the World Cup 2007. It was the same incident that saw Andrew Flintoff stripped of the vice-captaincy.
Ian Bell plays for Warwickshire and is the youngest player to make a County Championship century for them when he was just 19 years and 115 days.
He enjoys golf and listening to music and follows Northampton rugby union team. Bell supports Aston Villa although he did attend Coventry City's school of excellence.
On 27 July 2009, Ian Bell was recalled to the England squad to replace the injured Kevin Pietersen in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
On 5 January 2011, Ian Bell scored his first Ashes century with 115 in the fifth Test. It came at the end off an excellent Ashes series for England and Ian Bell himself.
On 20 August 2011, Ian Bell scored 235 in England's first innings in their fourth Test against India. He enjoyed a 350 partnership with Kevin Pietersen.
In the summer of 2013, Ian Bell had an excellent Ashes series including hundreds at Trent Bridge, Lord's and Chester-le-Street. The latter was his 20th Test century and made him only the third Englishman to score three centuries in a home Ashes series. Ian Bell was named man of the series.
On November 19, 2015 Ian Bell was dropped from England's Test squad for the tour of South Africa.
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