• England batsman Ian Bell retires from ODIs

    by  • August 28, 2015 • Cricket

    England batsman Ian Bell has announced his retirement from One-Day International cricket to focus on Test career.

    England’s all-time leading ODI run-scorer has insisted he is determined to play test cricket after the 33-year-old has officially announced his retirement from the 50-over format.

    He scored 5,416 runs at 37.87 from in 161 matches including four centuries – the last of which came against Australia in January earlier this year – and has made 35 half-centuries since his debut in 2004.

    “I’ve decided now is the right time to officially stand down from international one-day cricket and put all my focus and attention on my Test career.” the five-time Ashes winner wrote in the Metro.

    Bell has played 115 Tests – the only four Englishman have played more – scoring 7,569 runs along with 22 centuries.