Ian Bell’s journey to 100 Test Match Caps for England
Ian Bell is set to become the first Warwickshire cricketer to play 100 Test Matches for England tomorrow when he takes to the field at Headingley to face Sri Lanka in the 2nd Test of the Investec Series.
Bell played his first Test for England against the West Indies at The Oval in 2004. Check out the video to see highlights of his previous 99 Tests.
After making his Warwickshire debut in the Warwickshire Cricket Board’s Under 11s team and progressing through the development programme in all age groups, Bell made his First Class debut against Sussex at Edgbaston in 1999. However, it was the 2001 season that proved to be his breakthrough, when he scored 836 runs in 16 innings and became the youngest Bear to score a First Class Century, with 130 against Oxford UCCE aged 19 years and 56 days.
Bell also became Warwickshire’s youngest capped player in the same season and subsequently contributed heavily to the Club’s Benson & Hedges Cup win in 2002 and sixth County Championship triumph in 2004, before winning his first Test Cap.
In his 99 Test Matches for England, Bell has now scored 6,787 runs, including 20 centuries and a career best of 235 against India at The Oval in 2011.