England batsman Ian Bell has penned a new deal with Warwickshire County Cricket Club that will keep him with the English county club until 2020.
The 34-year-old has racked up over 650 appearances in domestic cricket spread across all the formats and has piled 30,891 runs.
Bell made his Test debut for England in 2004 and has featured in 118 games scoring 7,727 runs at an average close to 43 while scoring 22 centuries and 46 fifties in it. He was also part of the Ashes winning England sides five times and captained Warwickshire to Royal London One-Day Cup title last year.
Sports director at Warwickshire Ashley Giles believes Bell has been inspiration for the younger players in the side.
“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.
“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.
“With several young cricketers having recently graduated from the academy to senior ranks, Ian is the perfect leader for them to follow. We’re delighted that he has signed this new long-term contract and will continue to be a proud Bear for many years to come.”
Bell sad extending the contract with the club was a straightforward decision.
“Warwickshire is the only county that I’ve ever wanted to play for and I’m thrilled to sign this new long-term contract to remain a proud Bear and help the team to push for even more silverware.
“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.”
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