Ian Bell to play alongside Mitchell Johnson for Perth Scorchers in upcoming BBL

AFP, Aug, 30 2016

Sydney: Former England middle-order batsman Ian Bell has signed for the Perth Scorchers in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League (BBL), joining compatriot David Willey.

The 34-year-old, who captains Warwickshire, had previously played in the West Australian city in several Ashes tours, and also joins retired international Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.

File photo of Ian Bell. Reuters

File photo of Ian Bell. Reuters

"I'm delighted to be coming back to play in Perth for the Scorchers in this year's Big Bash," Bell said in a statement.

"I love the city, having played there earlier in my career and to work with (Scorchers coach) Justin Langer will be superb."

Langer, a former Test opener who filled in for Darren Lehmann during Australia's tour of the West Indies earlier this year, said the right-hander would bring experience and leadership to the team.

"With 22 Test centuries and a One-Day International (ODI) average close to 40, he'll bolster our batting options," he added.

The BBL is played in December and January and last year attracted stars such as Kevin Pietersen and Jacques Kallis.

The Scorchers have been the most successful team in the BBL, taking part in four of the five finals since it started in 2011.

Bell has played 118 Tests and scored 7,727 runs, with his last appearance for England against Pakistan in Sharjah in November 2015. He has also played 161 ODIs, scoring more than 5,000 runs at an average of 37.87 and eight T20 internationals (T20I) with a highest score of 60.

Published Date: Aug 30, 2016 | Updated Date: Aug 30, 2016

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