Ian Bell: England batsman signs Warwickshire contract extension

Ian Bell
Bell has scored 16,938 runs in first-class cricket in a 16-year career

Warwickshire and England batsman Ian Bell has signed a three-year contract extension with the county until the end of the 2017 season.

Bell won the County Championship in 2004 and 2012 with the Bears as well as the T20 Blast at Edgbaston last season.

"As a Warwickshire man, I'm absolutely delighted to commit to this fantastic club," Bell, 32, told the club website.

"I have ambitions on a domestic and international level, and look forward to achieving these as a Bear."

Bell first signed for the Bears in 1999 and became the first Warwickshire player to win 100 Test caps for England last summer.

Ian Bell's long career with the Bears
Bell made his first-class debut for Warwickshire against Sussex in 1999 and became the youngest player in the county's history to score a first-class century in 2001 when he made 130 against Oxford UCCE aged 19 years and 56 days. That record has since been broken by Sam Hain.

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown said that Bell had 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," said Brown.

"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, who was part of England's ill-fated World Cup squad, will link up with the national team this week as they head for the West Indies for a three-Test tour in preparation for this summer's home series against New Zealand and Australia.

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