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Ian Bell signs for Perth Scorchers for BBL

Ian Bell scored 489 runs from 14 games in the recent edition of the Natwest T20 Blast.
Ian Bell scored 489 runs from 14 games in the recent edition of the Natwest T20 Blast.
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England batsman Ian Bell is all set to take part in the Big Bash League (BBL) after signing with the Perth Scorchers franchise for the upcoming season of the tournament.

Bell, who leads Birmingham Bears in the NatWest Twenty20 Blast, is expected to play all the group games for Perth Scorchers along with any possible knock out fixtures.

Perth Scorchers won two BBL titles in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons and are the most successful franchise in the tournament’s history.

Exciting to be a part of the BBL, Bell said that he is looking forward to play a key part in delivering success for Perth Scorchers in the upcoming season.

“The Scorchers have been a force in every season of the Big Bash and I’m really excited about joining up with the team in December and making in The Furnace my home ground.

“I’ve spent a good amount of time in Perth on tours with England, but also playing grade cricket for the University of Western Australia during the early part of my career.

“It’s a fantastic city and I’m looking forward to returning with my family and hopefully playing a key role for the Scorchers in BBL6.”

Perth Scorchers’ head coach, Justin Langer is delighted to have signed Bell and is confident that the 34-year-old’s wealth of experience will be a huge asset to the side.

“It’s exciting to be able to add a player of Ian’s top-level experience and quality to our squad.

“With 22 Test centuries and a One-Day International average close to 40, he’ll bolster our batting options.

“He’s played at the international level for more than decade so brings experience and leadership having captained his county side Warwickshire and the Birmingham Bears.

“We’re delighted to have him on board.”

In the 2016 NatWest T20 Blast, Bell scored 489 runs for Birmingham Bears in 13 innings standing out as the top run scorer for his team.

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