Bell decides to call time on ODI career
England's leading run-scorer in ODI cricket, Ian Bell has decided to retire from the international 50-over format to prolong Test career.
The 33 year-old Bell, who scored 5416 runs in 161 matches at an average of 37.87, is only one of two England players to reach the 5000-run mark in ODIs, the other is Paul Collingwood.
The right-handed batsman hit four centuries and 35 fifties since making his debut against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2004 while his last match in the colour-clothing with England was against Afghanistan in the World Cup earlier this year.
After the Three Lions' three-two victory over Australia in the recently completed home Ashes series, Bell said he considered his future in the national game.
The Warwickshire player, who is a five-time Ashes winner, wants to play in the next Ashes, which will take place in Australia in 2017.
Writing in his column for www.metro.co.uk, Bell said: "To sit here now as a five-time Ashes winner with the urn safely back in our hands is an amazing feeling, and something I struggle to put into words.
"But it's taken a hell of a lot out of me, that's for sure. For that reason I've decided now is the right time to officially stand down from international one-day cricket and put all my focus and attention on my Test career.
"I've also been asked if I would like to become the first ever English six-time Ashes winner and the answer is yes, absolutely. If I'm playing well and feeling fit that is without doubt my goal."
England in West Indies: Liam Dawson admits frustrations after international drought
Dawson got a rare opportunity in the first of five Twenty20s at the Kensington Oval.
West Indies wallop England in T20 series opener in Barbados
The hosts eased to a nine-wicket victory in Barbados.
West Indies vs England: Tourists limp to 103 against in first T20 international
Barbados-born Chris Jordan helped the tourists to three figures.
First T20I: West Indies vs England – Live scoreboard
Follow West Indies vs England!
Indian Premier League
IPL Auction: Over 300 overseas players register, 1,214 in total
The IPL auction will be the biggest ever.
Women’s Ashes: England and Australia share points as T20 is washed out
Only 4.1 overs were possible before play was stopped at the Adelaide Oval.
T20 World Cup
T20 World Cup: Australian conditions put England among favourites – Eoin Morgan
England were beaten in the semi-final by New Zealand at the tournament’s previous edition in the United Arab Emirates.
ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup
ICC Under 19 World Cup: South Africa and Sri Lanka secure last eight spots
South Africa and Sri Lanka booked their places in the Super League.
South Africa vs India: Temba Bavuma lauds impact of Proteas spinners
South Africa took the opening two ODIs both played in Paarl.