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Ian Bell (left) receives his England cap from then captain Michael Vaughan before his first against the West Indies at the Oval in 2004 © Getty Images


Ian Bell will play his 100th Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley in 2014. Bell made his Test debut at the age of just 22 against the West Indies in 2004 at the Oval. He straightaway made a fine fifty. Bell’s highest score is against India at the Oval in 2011 when he made 235. It was his first double ton.


Before that in 2008, he got out for 199 runs; cruelly falling one run short of his first double ton against South Africa. Bell certainly has come a long way from the time when he was known as a prodigy, while playing in the Under-19 World Cup in 2000 in Sri Lanka. He then went onto make a fine First-Class hundred in seaming conditions against Nottinghamshire in 2001 at Edgbaston which signaled his arrival at the big stage.