Ian Bell © Getty Images
Ian Bell scored an 82-ball 58 to guide his side to an 85-run lead against India in the fourth Test at Old Trafford © Getty Images

 

By Sudatta Mukherjee

 

Aug 8, 2014

 

Ian Bell achieved a record of scoring the most number of 50-plus scores among England batsmen in the last five years, when he scored his 35th against India at Old Trafford on Friday. Not only that, worldwide, he is on the No 2 rank behind Kumar Sangakkara, who has scored two more 50-plus scores than Bell.

 

Bell is playing his 104th Test match and has scored 21 hundreds and 41 fifties. Bell’s 13 Test hundreds and 22 half-centuries have come in the last five years. Moreover, he has played 56 Tests in the last five years.

 

Also among English batsmen, he has the best average. Test skipper Alastair Cook has played more Test matches than Bell in the last five years and have scored more runs than any other English player.

 

Player

Matches

Runs

Highest Score

Avg

100

50

50+

Ian Bell

56

4081

235

50.38

13

22

35

Alastair Cook

61

4854

294

47.58

16

17

33

Kevin Pietersen

50

3534

227

44.17

7

20

27

Jonathan Trott

49

3763

226

46.45

9

18

27

Matt Prior

57

2795

126

37.77

5

18

23

 

 

Player

Matches

Runs

Highest Score

Avg

100

50

50+

Kumar Sangakkara

44

4672

319

64.88

18

19

37

Ian Bell

56

4081

235

50.38

13

22

35

Alastair Cook

61

4854

294

47.58

16

17

33

Hashim Amla

41

3951

311*

62.71

16

13

29

AB de Villiers

42

3731

278*

61.16

10

19

29

Michael Clarke

54

4591

329*

52.17

15

12

27

Kevin Pietersen

50

3534

227

44.17

7

20

27

Jonathan Trott

49

3763

226

46.45

9

18

27

Mahela Jayawardene

43

3308

275

45.31

9

16

25

(Sudatta Mukherjee is a reporter with CricketCountry. Other than writing on cricket, she spends penning random thoughts on her blog and produces weekly posts on new food joints at Whopping Weekends. She played Table Tennis for University of Calcutta. When she is not writing, you will catch her at a movie theatre or watching some English serial on her laptop. Her Twitter id is @blackrosegal)