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Ian Bell will end a 22-year professional career at the end of the 2020 season


Former England batsman won Ashes five times and scored over 7,700 Test runs

Last Updated: 05/09/20 4:18pm


Ian Bell will end a 22-year professional career at the end of the 2020 season

Ian Bell will end a 22-year professional career at the end of the 2020 season

Warwickshire’s former England batsman Ian Bell will retire from cricket at the end of the 2020 season.
Bell, 38, played 118 Test matches for England between 2004 and 2015, scoring 7,725 runs, 22 hundreds and 46 half-centuries and winning The Ashes five times.

Bell – who also played 161 ODIs and eight T20Is for England – said: “It’s true when they say you know when the time’s right, and unfortunately, my time is now.

“While my hunger and enthusiasm for the sport that I love remain as strong as ever, my body simply can’t keep up with the demands of the game to the standard of which I expect of myself.

“It’s been an absolute privilege and honour to fulfil my boyhood dream of playing for both England and Warwickshire.

“As a child, to play just once for either would have been enough for me, but to do so for the past 22 years is more than I could have ever wished for.

“To have spent my entire career and won trophies with my boyhood club is something both myself and my family are enormously proud of.

“To everyone associated with the club; the staff, players, fans and anyone I’ve worked with during this time: thank you.

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