• Big Bash League: Ian Bell joins Perth Scorchers

    by  • August 30, 2016 • Cricket

    Former England ODI batsman Ian Bell has joined the Perth Scorchers in the forthcoming edition of Australia’s domestic Big Bash league Twenty20.

    The 34-year-old, who led Warwickshire to the One-Day Cup final on Monday, has not played T20 international since 2014 but captained Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast.

    The Scorchers are one of the most successful BBL teams, winning the title in 2014 and 2015 two consecutive years and twice finishing as runners-up.

    The right-handed batsman, who plays county cricket for Warwickshire County Cricket Club – retired from One day international cricket in August 2015, with 5,416 runs in 161 matches.

    “He’s played at the international level for more than decade so brings experience and leadership, and we’re delighted to have him on board,” Scorchers head coach Justin Langer said.

    Bell is likely to make his debut for the Scorchers in their opening fixture with Adelaide Strikers on 23 December.