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Warwickshire to honour centurion Bell

Ian Bell will be honoured by Warwickshire on Friday night after becoming the county’s first player to win 100 Test caps for England.

The 32-year-old will be presented with a special commemorative scroll to mark his honorary life membership on the Edgbaston outfield during the interval of Birmingham Bears’ NatWest T20 Blast North Group fixture against Lancashire Lightning.

Bell, who made his first-class debut for Warwickshire in 1999, played his 100th Test in last week’s defeat to Sri Lanka at Headingley, becoming only the 12th Englishman in history to reach the milestone.

Warwickshire chairman Norman Gascoigne said: “Ian is a great servant and ambassador of Warwickshire CCC and this is the first time in the club’s history that we have awarded an honorary life membership to a current member of the playing squad; all previous awards have been made at the end of a playing career.

“He is one of the best batsmen in the world and we’re very proud of everything that he has achieved in the game.

"This honorary life membership presentation is a part of a series of celebrations that we have to recognise his 100 Test caps.

“We hope that many members and supporters are able to join us on Friday evening to show their appreciation for Ian and this remarkable achievement.”

England and Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell, centre, receives his silver cap from Giles Clarke, right, at Headingley on July 20

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