Tuesday 26 November 2013 

Bell named on BBC SPOTY shortlist for Ashes heroics


Warwickshire’s Ian Bell has been named on the shortlist for one of the most prestigious awards in British sport; BBC Sports Personality.

Bell, who is currently in Australia taking part in the Ashes Series, has been named in the shortlist of 10 sporting stars for amassing 562 runs in last summer’s home Investec Ashes Series.

England went to to win the series 3-0 and his score, which included three centuries, equalled the English record for the most runs scored in a five-match home Ashes, set by Denis Compton back in 1948.

He joins Athletes Mo Farah, Christine Ohuruogu and Hannah Cockroft along with tennis star Andy Murray and cyclist Chris Froome. Golfer Justin Rose, sailor Sir Ben Ainslie, jockey AP McCoy, and rugby union player Leigh Halfpenny also make the list.

The public will vote for their favourite on Sunday, 15 December via phone and online with the awards being presented in front of an expected 12,000 crowd at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

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