By the Numbers: Bell's Test career

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The second Test between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley marks Ian Bell's 100th Test for the Three Lions, having made his debut nearly 10 years ago at The Oval. Here are some random numbers relating to his career.

The second Test between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley marks Ian Bell's 100th Test for the Three Lions, having made his debut nearly 10 years ago at The Oval. Here are some random numbers relating to his career.

<b>45.24 – His average ahead of Leeds.</b>

<b>22.40 – His average at Headingley, over six Tests.</b> His top score here is 119, but he has no other scores over 50. Not the best place for his 100th game…

<b>4 – Tons at Lord's.</b> He's played 15 Tests there and averages 57.38. His best ground in England is Chester-le-Street, where he averages 97.33. His best ground away from home (three or more Tests) is the Adelaide Oval, where he averages 77.33.

<b>38.90 – His lowest cumulative average.</b> It dipped to this low in late 2009 after 18 months without a century.

<b>20 – Centuries.</b> He has 40 half tons.

<b>70 – His score upon debut.</b> Made in the first innings against the West Indies in 2004. Four of that middle order made half tons. He did not bat again in that match.

<b>162* – His first Test century score.</b> It was made against Bangladesh in Durham, in only his third Test innings. The knock between his debut and this ton was a 65 not out.

<b>2 – The number of times he made three tons in a single series.</b> Against Pakistan at home in 2006, and against Australia at home in 2013.

<b>235 – Highest score.</b> He made this against India at The Oval in 2011. It's his only double ton.

<b>13 – His place on England's Test run scoring list.</b> With 6787 runs. Graham Gooch is top, with 8900.

<b>1005 – Most runs in a calendar year.</b> He's gone over 1000 just once, in 2013. His worst year was 2009, where he scored just 319 runs.

<b>5 – Most tons in a year.</b> This was in 2011, in just eight Tests, and he averaged 118.75.

<b>1 – Times opening the batting.</b> He's opened just once, in Mumbai in 2006. He scored 18 and eight.

<b>9 – Tons when batting at five.</b> The higher up the order he bats, the less success he seems to have, though his top score was made at three. (3rd – Two tons, 4th – Two tons, 5th – Nine tons, 6th- six tons)

<b>6 – Centuries away from home.</b> Bell does not love batting overseas, if his records are to be trusted. Of 15 tours away from home, only four average over 50, and six are under 30. His best tour was to Bangladesh in 2010, where he averaged 130.

<b>350 – Best partnership.</b> This was made with Kevin Pietersen against India at The Oval in 2011. His second-best stand was also with KP, making 286 against South Africa at Lord's in 2008. They played 57 knocks together.

<b>11 – Ducks.</b> He's played 172 Test innings.

<b>3.00 – His average against Saeed Ajmal.</b> Of bowlers who have removed him at least four times, Ajmal is the most deadly, bagging him four times in three Tests. Ryan Harris has dismissed him seven times, but over 12 matches.

<b>8.50 – His worst average in a series of three or more Tests.</b> This was against Pakistan in the UAE in 2012, where he scored just 51 runs in six knocks.

<b>331 – His best average in a three-Test series.</b> Against Sri Lanka at home in 2011, where he was not out three out of four times, and top scored with 119 not out. He made two tons and two fifties.

<b>28 – Tests against Australia.</b> They are his most regular opponents. Next are India, with 15 Tests.

<b>5 – Ashes series played.</b> His best was in 2013 at home, where he score 562 runs and was man of the series. His worst was in 2005, where he averaged just 17 over 10 knocks.

<b>25 – His longest run of innings without a century.</b> It spanned from August 2011 (when he made his top score) to December 2012. He's now on 14 knocks without a ton, back to August 2013.

<b>3 – Run out.</b> He's hardly ever short of his ground. Two were against Australia and one against Pakistan.

<b>1 – Test wickets.</b> His only scalp came in 2005 against Pakistan in Faisalabad. He removed Mohammad Yousuf for 78, caught and bowled. He last bowled in a Test in 2006.

<b>79 – Catches.</b> He averages nearly half a catch per innings. His best effort was three catches in an innings against the Aussies in Nottingham 2005.

<b>0 – Captaincy.</b> Despite being vice-captain on many occasions, Bell has never been required to skipper a Test.

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