CRICKET: Bell staying with Warwickshire

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Dunchurch batsman committed until 2017

Warwickshire and England batsman Ian Bell has committed to the Bears until at least the end of the 2017 season after signing a new three-year contract extension.

The former Princethorpe College student from Dunchurch became the first Warwickshire player to win 100 Test Match caps for England last summer and signed his first contract with the Bears in 1999 after progressing through the ranks from the Under 11s age-group teams.

Dougie Brown, Warwickshire CCC Director of Cricket, said: “Ian is a Bear through and through and he has been a fantastic servant to the Club. Whilst he continues to play a leading role for England, he is also an invaluable member of our squad who makes a huge contribution on and of the pitch.

“He has been one of the best batsmen in the world for several years and everyone at the club is delighted that he remains a Bear for the foreseeable future.”

Bell,32, made his First Class debut for Warwickshire against Sussex in 1999 and became the youngest player in the Club’s history to score a First Class century in 2001 with 130 against Oxford UCCE aged 19 years and 56 days.

To date, Bell has won five trophies with the Bears, including the LV County Championship in 2004 and 2012, the B&H Cup in 2002, the Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2010 and, more recently, the NatWest T20 Blast at Edgbaston last season.

Ian Bell said: “As a Warwickshire man through and through, I’m absolutely delighted to commit to this fantastic club for another three years. I have many ambitions I’m still desperate to fulfil, both on a domestic and international level, and I look forward to hopefully achieving these over the coming years as a Bear.”

Bell is currently playing in England’s four-Test tour of the West Indies before the upcoming home series against New Zealand and Australia, with the 3rd Investec Ashes Test Match staged at Edgbaston on July 29 – August 2.