Alex Hales said he wants to prove to everyone that he is a quality international player with every tournament he plays. The England opener has been overlooked by the ECB selectors since they sacked him from the World Cup 2019 team.
The right-hander has been churning out runs in domestic cricket. Hales was expected by many to be in England’s depleted ODI squad to face Pakistan earlier this month, but it was not to be.
He once again proved his match-winning abilities in the inaugural Hundred tournament. Representing the Trent Rockets, Hales top-scored for them with 40 runs in their thrilling chase of 133 against the Ben Stokes led Northern Superchargers.
After the match, Hales said that he hopes to play for England and that he has time & again proved that he is still a quality cricketer.
“Every tournament I play is always a chance for me to keep reminding people I’m still an international quality player. I think the last two years I’ve done that. Every tournament I’ve gone to, I’ve performed well and shown people that I’m still that level of a cricketer, so that’s all I can keep doing. If that chance comes along again, then great,” Alex Hales was quoted as saying by cricket.com
On the close win against the Superchargers at Nottingham on Monday, Hales said that despite being scrappy, he was happy that the team came on top on a challenging Trent Bridge wicket. It took Rashid Khan’s 12-ball 25 to get them over the line.
“It was a really scrappy, ugly win. I guess that’s a sign of a good team because we had our backs to the wall a lot throughout that game and we still managed to come out on top. I always felt that if I was in at the end, we’d have a chance. It was a fairly difficult pitch to bat on, not your typical Trent Bridge pitch, but you can always catch up at the end there, with the fast-scoring outfield and smallish boundaries. I just tried to hang in there and take it as deep as I could,” Alex Hales concluded.