What can you say about Ian Bell that hasn't already been said, put simply the bloke is a legend. Ian is a 5 times Ashes winner, an England hero and above it all Belly is a Bear through and through.
"I am very proud to now be given the opportunity to lead this exciting squad and to challenge for titles in all forms of the game."
Belly is a phenomenal top order batsman, typically opening for the Birmingham Bears when he's not away on England duty, Ian's experience and talent brings a different dimension to the squad when he is available.
Famous for his 'easy on the eye' technique, Ian is without doubt one of the greatest batsmen of his generation, performing consistently at all levels in the game and most impressively in his international career. Ian began his England journey in 2004 and he has played in countless Test, ODI's and IT20, as well as two ICC Champions Trophy tournaments and two ICC World Cups. In 2015 Ian decided to retire from ODI and IT20 cricket to focus on his Test career.
In 2016 Ian was awarded the captaincy of Birmingham Bears, bringing an incredible skill set and knowledge of the professional game. Ian has a knack of performing under immense pressure and will no doubt be leading from the front with the boys in yellow.