Swashbuckling white-ball opener Alex Hales has reckoned that in every franchise tournament that he plays, he has the motive to prove and remind everyone how he is still good enough to play international cricket for England.
Alex Hales hasn’t played for England since 2019 after he tested positive for taking a recreational drug ahead of the World Cup.
Skipper Eoin Morgan at the time described it as a “massive breach of trust” by the Nottinghamshire cricketer and while he was immediately replaced by James Vince in the World Cup squad, two years on and Morgan believes that Alex Hales still hasn’t done enough to warrant a comeback in the team.
Even when the entire England squad had to be replaced by a second XI following the proliferation of Covid in their camp, Alex Hales wasn’t picked by the selectors much to the agony of his fans.
“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.
‘It was a really scrappy, ugly win’- Alex Hales after spearheading Trent Rockets to an unlikely win
Ever since he got dumped out of the England set-up, Alex Hales has gone all around the world to showcase his incredible potential as a T20 swashbuckling opener
The Nottinghamshire cricketer once again showed his class in the recent fixture between Trent Rockets and Northern Superchargers on Monday night.
Chasing 133 to win on a sluggish surface, Alex Hales showed remarkable maturity as he rescued the Rockets from a precarious position of 6/58 to lead them to an unlikely win with a calculated assault at the backend.
Hales smashed an unbeaten 34-ball 40- an innings that included two fours and three monstrous sixes.
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.