Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell has signed a two-year extension to his contract taking him to the end of the 2012 season at Edgbaston.

Ashley Giles, director of cricket at Warwickshire, said: “We are delighted to have Ian committed to the club for a lengthy period.

"He is a quality player and a Bear through and through. His experience of both domestic and international cricket make him a great role model for the younger members of the squad and a great asset to [captain] Ian Westwood when he is available to play for us in the summer.“

Bell himself added: “I have been a Bear since I was a boy and I have no desire to play anywhere else.

"Warwickshire is my cricketing home and I love playing at Edgbaston and with the Bear on my chest.

"I think the future of the club is hugely exciting under Ashley and I hope to be able to make a significant contribution to the success I believe we can achieve under him over the next few years. "