IAN BELL

  • 1st Test: Bell century thwarts early West Indies charge on Day 1 5 days ago

    North Sound, Antigua: Ian Bell hit a polished 143 for his 22nd Test century to help turn a precarious start for England into a powerful position on the opening day of the first Test of the three-match series against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Monday. Bell had...
  • World Cup 2015: England thrash Afghanistan by nine wickets (D/L) March 13, 2015

    Sydney: Both teams were desperate for a win. England needed a crumb of comfort after their worst World Cup campaign ever, while Afghanistan needed to prove that they belong at this level. But with rain interrupting proceedings thrice, this inconsequential game was little more than a damp squib. After keeping...
  • As it happened: Afghanistan vs England, World Cup, Match 38 March 13, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) Afghanistan will look to follow the lead of Bangladesh when they face England in their World Cup finale in Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). England, reeling from the fall-out of a World Cup where they, like tournament debutants Afghanistan, have so far only beaten...
  • Moeen Ali, Ian Bell make highest opening partnership of World Cup 2015 February 23, 2015

    Christchurch: England's Moeen Ali and Ian Bell smacked the highest opening partnership of the World Cup so far when they scored 172 in a flying start against Scotland in Christchurch on Monday. On wickets tailored to produce high scores, it was only the third century opening stand in 14 matches. New...
  • Scotland seek World Cup win over arch rivals England February 22, 2015

    Christchurch: Having suffered humiliating defeats in their opening two World Cup games, England's tournament survival will be on the line when they take on Scotland on Monday, with the Scots relishing an opportunity to inflict further misery on their southern neighbor. England's first World Cup meeting against Scotland appeared an easy...
  • World Cup 2015: Ian Bell apologises to fans for 'embarrassing' England February 22, 2015

    England opener Ian Bell apologised Sunday for his side's embarrassing start to the World Cup after being thrashed by Australia and New Zealand in their first two games. "We expect people at home to be angry about that performance," he said on the eve of their third Pool A match, against...
  • England face tough task to end cricket World Cup jinx January 27, 2015

    London: England have never won the World Cup, despite hosting four tournaments, including the first three editions, while it is nearly 25 years since they last appeared in a final. They certainly won't be among the favourites in Australia and New Zealand, where they will have to conquer longstanding problems of...
  • Tri-Series: England down experimental India in a one-sided game January 20, 2015

    India's experiments backfired in a big way against England on Tuesday, resulting in a one-sided nine-wicket defeat at Brisbane in Game 3 of the Carlton Mid Tri-series. MS Dhoni's uncharacteristic decision to bat after winning the toss was exploited to the hilt by Steven Finn and James Anderson on a responsive...
  • Ian Bell ruled out of final EnglandIndia ODI September 3, 2014

    Ian Bell has been ruled out of England's fifth and final oneday international against India at Headingley with a broken toe, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday. The batsman's injury was due to be assessed during practice on Thursday, but England have already decided that he will not...
  • England's Ian Bell suffers broken toe during 4th ODI at Edgbaston September 2, 2014

    England batsman Ian Bell sustained a "small fracture" in his big left toe on Tuesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced. Bell was hit on his toe batting against throwdowns before the fourth oneday international against India at his Edgbaston home ground on Tuesday. The Warwickshire shotmaker was replaced at No...
  • England batting like 'chumps' against India, says Geoffrey Boycott September 1, 2014

    London: Slamming the English cricket team for batting like "chumps" against world champions India, former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has said skipper Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Joe Root should not be a part of the oneday side. "England have gone into this series with three orthodox batsmen in our top...
  • New opening partner no worry for Alastair Cook August 25, 2014

    London: England captain Alastair Cook does not expect his role in the oneday setup to change should he find himself opening alongside Alex Hales rather than Ian Bell during the upcoming series with world champions India. Fresh from their 31 Test success against the tourists, England face India in the first...
  • As it happened: England vs India, 4th Test, Day 3 at Old Trafford August 9, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 2 roundup: Rain and Bhuvneshwar Kumar combined in Manchester on Friday to help India stop England from taking a clear advantage in the fourth Test, which saw the hosts go 85 runs into the lead with four wickets in...
  • Match poised nicely for both teams, says Bell August 9, 2014

    Manchester: England have extended their lead to 85 runs against India but Ian Bell says the fourth Test match was still hanging in balance. Bell scored 58 runs in England's unfinished first innings as the hosts reached 237 for 6 at the end of day two. "It certainly is poised very nicely....
  • Focus on good series than one incident, says Ian Bell August 5, 2014

    Manchester: England batsman Ian Bell has urged the two teams should focus on the onfield play in the finely poised fivematch series as the action shifts to the fourth Test at Old Trafford starting Thursday. Bell, who stroked a masterful 167 in the third Test at Southampton help England comeback in...
  • Rejuvenated Ian Bell heralds Gooch net sessions August 4, 2014

    London: England batsman Ian Bell has hailed former batting coach Graham Gooch for laying the foundations for his stylish 167run knock against India in the third Test. Bell had gone 20 Test innings without a century prior to last week's match at Southampton and he has revealed that a oneonone session...
  • 3rd Test: Chasing 445, India 112/4 on Day 4 as England eye big win July 30, 2014

    India's batting capitulation continued in the Southampton Test as chasing a stiff 445 to win, the visitors were reeling at 112/4 at stumps on Day 4 leaving England withing striking distance of a serieslevelling victory on the final day. Riding on James Anderson's 5 for 53, England didn't take time...
  • No fracture for Ian Bell after thumb blow against India July 29, 2014

    There was relief for England after senior batsman Ian Bell was found not to have suffered a fractured thumb while fielding against India in the ongoing third Test at Southampton on Tuesday. Early in the day's play, India's Murali Vijay edged James Anderson just short of Bell at second slip, the...
  • As it happened: India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 3 July 29, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 2 roundup: England started turning the screws on India in the second Test at Lord's, inspired by a century from Ian Bell on day two that ended with the hosts in the lead by 544 and the visitors staring...
  • Ian Bell delighted to be back among the runs July 29, 2014

    Southampton: England batsman Ian Bell on Monday expressed his delight at scoring his 21st Test hundred in the third match versus India here and said that he has been "playing well". His 167 runs helped the hosts declare at 569 for 7 in their first innings and put pressure on...
  • 3rd Test: England ring a 'Bell' to lead India by 544 runs on Day 2 July 28, 2014

    England started turning the screws on India in the second Test at Lord's, inspired by a century from Ian Bell on day two that ended with the hosts in the lead by 544 and the visitors staring at the prospect of saving the game. England, who resumed the day at 247...
  • Ian Bell 'amazed' to join England's 100club June 19, 2014

    England batsman Ian Bell said on Wednesday it felt "amazing" to be on the verge of his 100th Test. The 32yearold Warwickshire righthander is in line to become only the 12th England player to complete a century of Test appearances when the team face Sri Lanka in the second and final...
  • England's Gary Ballance to bat at three against Sri Lanka June 11, 2014

    Yorkshire's Gary Ballance is set to bat in England's problem position of number three in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's on Thursday. England captain Alastair Cook said the Zimbabweborn lefthander would come in at first wicket down when speaking to reporters at Lord's on Wednesday. When Ballance made his...
  • Ian Bell vows to lead from the front June 10, 2014

    Ian Bell said he wanted to "lead from the front" after being named England's Cricketer of the Year on Monday. The 32yearold Warwickshire batsman won the award, voted for by the English cricket media, on the back of making three centuries and two fifties during England's 30 home Ashes series win...
  • Ian Bell named England's 201314 player of the year June 10, 2014

    London: Batsman Ian Bell was named on Monday as England's player of the year for 201314 in recognition of his outstanding performances in the home Ashes series victory over Australia last season. Bell made three centuries and two half centuries as England overcame the Australians 30 in the fiveTest series. His 562...
  • As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, 5th ODI at Birmingham June 3, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) England face a decider in the best of fivematches oneday international series after the tourists held their nerve to claim a sevenrun win at Lord's two days ago. Playing XI: Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kushal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo...
  • As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI May 31, 2014

    For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page. Toss: England won the toss and have opted to bowl. England lead the series 21 in the fivematch ODI series. While Sri Lanka registered one of their worst defeats in the third ODI at Old Trafford when they were all out...