Alex Hales was a key member of England’s World Cup-winning team, and moving forward, he would only want to concentrate all of his efforts on the game’s shortest format.
Powerful batsman for England Alex Hales has stated that he is now not considering participating in the upcoming 50-over World Cup in India and is instead solely focusing on playing T20 Internationals for England and franchise cricket throughout the world. The Three Lions’ recent T20 World Cup victory in Australia was greatly aided by Hales.
The explosive opener also mentioned how much his decision to stop playing Test cricket helped him to get better in the shorter format. The veteran batsman continued by saying that he was eager to practice playing spin on the difficult subcontinent wickets.
Haven’t put much thought into ODIs
“I don’t know but I think I would concentrate on playing T20Is for England and franchise cricket. I haven’t put much thought into ODIs,” said Alex Hales.
“On the subcontinent, pitches more often do not tend to have a bias towards spin and you have to make sure you adapt your methods. And I think that’s one of the key things as a franchise cricketer,” he added.
“As you’re playing tournaments in different countries and conditions all year round, so you have to keep topping up on certain areas of your game all the time, otherwise you soon get found out,” he further added.
Alex Hales was a Bairstow replacement
Hales was never considered for England’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad; the power-hitter only had a chance to play when Jonny Bairstow was ruled out due to a fractured leg sustained during a horrible golf injury. Due to a failing drug test in advance of the 2019 World Cup, the 33-year-old was excluded from the England team for more than three years.
In the semifinal match against India, he played his most significant innings, scoring an unbroken 86 runs off 47 deliveries at an exceptional strike rate of 183. He and English captain Jos Buttler eliminated India from contention with an unbroken opening partnership of 170 runs. Hales ended the competition with 212 runs from six games at a 42.40 average.