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Ian Bell has been named England’s Cricketer of the Year for the 2013-14 season at a ceremony held in the Long Room at Lord’s.
Bell, 32, won the award for scoring three centuries and two half-centuries to help England retain the urn during last year’s Ashes series. In fact, Bell became the first batsman to score three centuries in an Ashes series since Chris Broad in 1986-87 and subsequently, he averaged 62.44 during the series.
He was also part of the England’s Champions Trophy side that lost to India in the final.
“It is something to be proud of, for sure,” Bell said. “There were other outstanding performances throughout the year too, even if the winter didn’t go to plan.
“Only Michael Clarke and I passed 1,000 Test runs for the year, so that is an achievement in itself. It is only the second time I’ve done it in my career.”
Meanwhile, women’s captain Charlotte Edwards was bestowed with the honour of being named Women’s Cricketer of the Year for leading the national team to back-to-back Ashes triumphs.
England’s Under-19 captain Will Rhodes won the England Development Programme award, while wicketkeeper-batsman Stephen George was named Disability Cricketer of the Year.