Wednesday 25 September 2013 

Bell Named International Sportsperson of the Year at Birmingham Sports Awards

Ian Bell with Matt Hayes of Champions UK Plc (left) and England's 2003 Rugby World Cup Winner Neil Back (right)

Warwickshire’s Ashes star has been named International Sportsperson of the Year at the recent Birmingham Sports Awards following his recent Man of the Series performances in England’s victorious Investec Ashes Series.

Bell (31) beat off tough competition from former Bear and England ODI & t20 Head Coach Ashley Giles, Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, British Boxing Champion Frankie Gavin, record-braking swimmer Ellie Simmons and middle-distance runner Hannah England.

He was presented with the award at a star-studded event at Edgbaston in recognition of his three centuries and 529 runs in the Ashes, which was England’s third consecutive series victory over Australia.

He started his career with the Bears at the Under 11s age group, before progressing through the development programme to make his First Class debut against Sussex in 1999. To date, he’s played 228 First Class matches, scoring 15,580 run with 44 hundreds; 20 of which have been for England in his 93 Test Matches.

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