Ian Bell

  • Ian Bell 'amazed' to join England's 100-club June 19, 2014

    England batsman Ian Bell said on Wednesday it felt "amazing" to be on the verge of his 100th Test. The 32-year-old Warwickshire right-hander 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 Zimbabwe-born left-hander 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 32-year-old 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 3-0 home Ashes series win...
  • Ian Bell named England's 2013-14 player of the year June 10, 2014

    London: Batsman Ian Bell was named on Monday as England's player of the year for 2013-14 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 3-0 in the five-Test series. His 562...
  • As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI May 31, 2014

    For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page. Toss: England won the toss and have opted to bowl. England lead the series 2-1 in the five-match ODI series. While Sri Lanka registered one of their worst defeats in the third ODI at Old Trafford when they were all out...
  • England crush Sri Lanka by 10 wickets to take 2-1 lead in ODI series May 28, 2014

    Manchester: Chris Jordan led England's attack as they bowled out Sri Lanka for just 67 on the way to completing a crushing 10-wicket win in the third one-day international at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The Sussex paceman took a career-best five wickets for 29 runs as England, after fit-again captain Alastair...
  • Chris Jordan stars as England defeat Sri Lanka by 81 runs (D/L method) May 23, 2014

    Chris Jordan starred with both bat and ball as England set off on the road to next year's World Cup with a an 81-run win over Sri Lanka in a rain-marred one-day international at The Oval on Thursday. The Sussex all-rounder's belligerent 38 not out off just 13 balls propelled England...
  • England beat Scotland by 39 runs in rain-hit ODI May 10, 2014

    Aberseen, Scotland: England's new era under coach Peter Moores began with a 39-run win over Scotland in a rain-blighted one-day international that was reduced to 20 overs a side on Friday. After the start was delayed by more than five hours, Alastair Cook (44) and Ian Bell (50) shared an 83-run...
  • County Championship: Ian Bell hits ton but Joe Root out for a duck April 28, 2014

    London: Two England batsmen enjoyed contrasting fortunes on the opening day of the latest round of County Championship matches on Sunday. Ian Bell made 122 out of a Warwickshire total of 263 all out against Nottinghamshire in a First Division match at Trent Bridge and the worth of those runs was...
  • Ian Bell joins England Twenty20 squad as cover March 1, 2014

    Ian Bell is to join England's squad for the Twenty20 series in the West Indies as cover for injured batsmen Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales. Test stalwart Bell had originally been rested for the three-match series of one-day internationals in Antigua but will join up with the squad ahead of the...
  • As it happened: Australia vs England, 4th ODI January 24, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) England will be battling to avoid another series whitewash in the fourth one-day game against Australia on Friday, and are rallying round their beleaguered captain. Australia triumphed by seven wickets with 10 overs to spare in the third one-dayer in Sydney...
  • 2nd ODI, Aus vs Eng: as it happened January 17, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: England opt to bat against Australia. England were hoping to redeem their campaign in the 50-over format but got off to a bad start by losing the first one-dayer against Australia in Melbourne by six wickets. But the five-match ODI series...
  • 1st ODI: Aaron Finch hundred guides Australia to win January 12, 2014

    Melbourne: Aaron Finch made his second century in one-day cricket internationals, sharing a 163-run opening partnership with David Warner that lifted Australia to a six-wicket win over England Sunday in the first of a four-match series. Finch made 121 and Warner 65 as Australia, in a carefully measured chase, ran down...
  • Perth Test: Australia within 5 wickets of regaining the Ashes December 16, 2013

    Perth: England will hang on to the Ashes for at least one more night after reaching stumps at 251 for 5 on Monday, leaving Australia a day to take five wickets and regain the urn. Ben Stokes (72 not out ) and vice-captain Matt Prior (7 not out ), the last...
  • As it happened: Australia vs England, Perth Test, Day 3 December 15, 2013

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 2 Round-up: After six wickets fell for 326 on the opening day, eight tumbled for 239 - including the last four Australian wickets in the morning session - as the bounce and cracks on the pitch and temperatures topping...
  • England must fix Ashes problems and quickly: Ian Bell December 8, 2013

    Adelaide: Ian Bell says England must quickly fix their problems if they are to keep the Ashes from the dominant Australians. England collapsed for a third time in the series for just 172 in reply to Australia's massive 570 for nine declared and are facing a 530-run deficit heading into the...
  • Ashes: England bid to halt Aussie momentum in Adelaide December 4, 2013

    Adelaide: England face a critical challenge to their four-year Ashes reign in the second Test against Australia starting in Adelaide on Thursday against a re-energised home team looking to drive home their advantage. Alastair Cook's tourists were swept away by the Mitchell Johnson-inspired home side in the first Test, going down...
  • England still undecided on who will bat at No. 3 December 2, 2013

    Adelaide: Ian Bell and Joe Root are still in the calculations to bat at No. 3 in the second Ashes Test, with England batting coach Graham Gooch saying nobody would be shielded after Jonathan Trott's sudden departure due to a stress-related illness. "I'm not a believer in you've got to be...
  • Ian Bell 'willing' to fill in for Jonathan Trott at number three November 30, 2013

    Ian Bell is "absolutely willing" to replace Jonathan Trott at the number three spot in England's batting order when the second Ashes Test against Australia starts on Thursday. Trott, the regular number three, left the tour to deal with a stress-related problem a day after England's comprehensive defeat in Brisbane. "We've spoken...
  • Jonathan Trott's departure puts spotlight on Root, Bell November 26, 2013

    Brisbane: In an Ashes cricket series already notable for four-letter words, England's only options to replace Jonathan Trott at No. 3 in its batting order for the second Test against Australia seem to be men named Root and Bell. Trott abruptly quit England's tour on Monday because of a stress-related illness,...
  • I grew up idolising Sachin Tendulkar: Ian Bell November 19, 2013

    Brisbane: Describing Sachin Tendulkar as his childhood "hero", England batsman Ian Bell has said that he grew up idolising the legendary batsman and it was a privilege to have shared the same field with the just-retired cricketer. "The mental side of his game was very important. Obviously, when I played against...
  • Ian Bell out to sound Ashes death knell for Australia November 19, 2013

    Ian Bell has come a long way since notorious sledger Shane Warne first likened him to the red-haired nerd from the comedy film American Pie, and with Australia facing the prospect of a fourth successive Ashes defeat it is the England batsman who could be having the last laugh. Bell's early...
  • Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott hit centuries in drawn tour match November 2, 2013

    Perth: Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott hit centuries but the rest of England's middle order didn't fare as well in a drawn three-day tour match against the WACA Chairman's XI on Saturday. In their first match of the Ashes tour, England later lost seven wickets for 61 runs to be all...
  • England 270 for 2 at stumps on Day 2 vs Western Australia November 1, 2013

    Perth: Ian Bell scored an unbeaten 77 and Jonathan Trott was not out at 64 to combine for a 133-run stand and guide England to 270 for 2 at stumps on the second day of a tour match against a Western Australia side. Earlier Friday, the WA side declared at 451-5,...
  • Ben Stokes' progress excites England ODI coach September 17, 2013

    Southampton: Ben Stokes's recent performances against Australia won't have done the rising star of English cricket's hopes of securing an Ashes tour berth any harm, according to one-day coach Ashley Giles. The 22-year-old Durham pace-bowling allrounder took five wickets for 61 runs, his maiden five-wicket haul in one-day internationals, at Southampton...
  • James Anderson accepts need for pre-Ashes break September 2, 2013

    London: James Anderson doesn't like taking a break from England matches but admitted on Monday that it is in his best interests to stand aside from international duty before the return Ashes series in Australia. Anderson was one of the several key players from the England side that recently wrapped up...
  • Bad light robs England of 'thrilling' win: Press August 26, 2013

    Britain's press on Monday bemoaned the bad light which ended England's "thrilling march" towards victory in the final Ashes Test, but celebrated a victorious summer. Winning captain Alastair Cook, who has been on the receiving end of criticism over his perceived conservatism, came in for praise but some of Fleet...