June 9, 2014 / 8:38 PM / 3 years ago

Ian Bell named England's 2013-14 player of year

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England's Ian Bell plays a shot during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Colombo March 19, 2012.Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - Batsman Ian Bell was named on Monday as England's player of the year for 2013-14 in recognition of his outstanding performances in the home Ashes series victory over Australia last season.

Bell made three centuries and two half centuries as England overcame the Australians 3-0 in the five-test series.

His 562 runs proved the difference between the sides with his 109 in the second test in Nottingham, his second Ashes century, helping his team to a 14-run victory.

Another century in the first innings of the second test at Lord's paved the way for a crushing home win.

Bell, like his England team mates, suffered in the return Ashes series in Australia a few months later, however, failing to make a century as the tourists were thrashed 5-0.

Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Tim Collings

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