Ian Bell breaks England run-scoring record

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England's Ian Bell broke Paul Collingwood's record for the most One-Day International runs scored by an Englishman during the tri-series match against Australia in Hobart.

Bell was in sublime form as he hit 141 but his knock was ultimately in vein as England were once again defeated by their arch-rivals.

This was arguably Bell's best innings of his ODI career as he hit 15 fours and a six in his 125-ball knock. Bell was involved in a 113-run opening stand with Moeen Ali (46) and then a third wicket partnership of 121 with Joe Root (69) as England posted 303-8 after being asked to bat first by Australia.

Despite Australia overhauling England's target in the final over, largely thanks to captain Steve Smith's unbeaten ton, Bell will be personally satisfied with his own record-breaking performance.

Bell overhauled Collingwood's record in his 153rd ODI match, 44 games less than the Durham man. The Warwickshire player also has a better average and strike rate in his career so far. No other current England player is near to Bell's record so it is likely to stand, and increase, for some time yet especially given the number of ODIs that are played these days.

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Only Kevin Pietersen, who is fourth on the all-time list, has the potential to overhaul Bell anytime soon and that is only possible if he makes a surprising comeback which is highly unlikely.

Bell's statistics are very impressive from an England point of view but compared to other leading scorers around the world he still has a long way to go.

Of all the ODI playing nations England, and Ian Bell, are a long way down the pecking order. Only Bangladesh's leading ODI run-scorer Shakib Al Hasan, with 3,977 runs, is below Bell.

Is this a reflection on England's ODI ability, their lack of ODI cricket or their lack of a settled side?

A list of each countries leading ODI run-scorers is below...

India - Sachin Tendulkar (18,426 runs)
Australia - Ricky Ponting (13,704)
Sri Lanka - Kumar Sangakkara (13,499)
Pakistan - Inzamam-ul-Haq (11,739)
South Africa - Jacques Kallis (11,579)
Brian Lara - West Indies (10,405)
Stephen Fleming - New Zealand (8,037)
Andy Flower - Zimbabwe (6,786)
Ian Bell - England (5,136)
Shakib Al Hassan - Bangladesh (3,977)

Ian Bell will be wanting to add plenty more runs to his record over the coming games and years but will also want to improve his conversion rate of fifties into hundreds, having scored just four centuries in his 153 matches.

However, Bell looks to be heading into the World Cup in fantastic form and England will need Bell, and his team-mates, at the top of their game if they are to mount a challenge for the trophy next month.

England's leading ODI run scorers

Ian Bell - 5,136 in 153 matches
Paul Collingwood - 5,092 in 197 matches
Alec Stewart - 4,677 in 170 matches
Kevin Pietersen - 4,422 in 134 matches
Marcus Trescothick - 4,335 in 123 matches
Graham Gooch - 4,290 in 125 matches
Andrew Strauss - 4,205 in 127 matches
Allan Lamb - 4,010 in 122 matches

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