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With Warwickshire, with whom he started as a fresh-faced ten-year-old from the village of Dunchurch, near Rugby, he graduated from boy to man through the Edgbaston youth system and went on to help the first team win every domestic trophy.

In 118 Test matches for England, he scored 7,727 runs at an average of 42.69. Those runs included 22 centuries which sit among his 71 tons in total in all cricket.

Citing one or two too many physical aches and pains for comfort and, most importantly, batting productivity, Bell called time on a career which delivered 34,360 runs across all formats.

Incredible.