Bell extends Edgbaston stay
Ian Bell has committed his future to Warwickshire by signing a three-year contract extension with his home county.
The 30-year-old batsman is centrally contracted by England, but will continue to play his domestic cricket at Edgbaston - the venue for tomorrow’s third NatWest Series one-day international with Australia - until the end of 2015.
Bell has progressed through the ranks at Warwickshire and, after making his first-class debut for the club in 1999, he was awarded his county cap two years later. That made him the youngest player to receive a Warwickshire cap.
He has since gone on to represent England in 77 Tests, 112 ODIs and seven Twenty20 internationals.
Bell said: “I take a great deal of pride in representing my home county and it's fantastic to sign a new deal to continue playing for Warwickshire for the foreseeable future.
"We've got a great coaching team with strong ties to Warwickshire, one of the strongest playing squads that I've been part of, and the new facilities at Edgbaston are amongst the best in world cricket. I wouldn't want to play anywhere else."
Bell has played three matches for Warwickshire in this year's LV= County Championship campaign, and scored 120 in his last game - against Durham.
Ashley Giles, Warwickshire's director of cricket, said: "Having been part of the Warwickshire set-up for several years, it's been fantastic to watch Belly progress from a talented youth team player to one of the best batsmen in the world.
"He trains exceptionally hard and is a great role model. We're all delighted that he's committed to playing his county cricket for Warwickshire for at least the next three years."