England player Ian Bell is set to retire from professional cricket at the end of the domestic season. “It’s with enormous sadness, but with equal pride, that I am announcing my retirement from professional cricket,” Bell said in a statement.
Bell has notched up a total of 7727 runs, including 22 hundreds, at an average of 42.69 in 118 Test matches while in the ODIs, he has 5,416 runs in 161 matches.
It’s true when they say you know when the time’s right, and unfortunately, my time is now.— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) September 5, 2020
It’s been a pleasure.
What a champion 🙌— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 5, 2020
What a career 🏏
What a cover drive 😍
Congrats @Ian_Bell 👏
“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,” Bell added.
The right-handed batsman retired from ODI cricket in 2015 while he last played a Test for England in 2018.