Alex Hales

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Alex Hales
Personal information
Full name Alexander Daniel Hales
Born (1989-01-03) 3 January 1989 (age 25)
Hillingdon, London, England
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 236) 27 August 2014 v India
Last ODI 5 September 2014 v India
ODI shirt no. 35
T20I debut (cap 55) 31 August 2011 v India
Last T20I 7 September 2014 v India
T20I shirt no. 35
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–present Nottinghamshire (squad no. 10)
2013 Melbourne Renegades
2013–2014 Adelaide Strikers
2014–present Hobart Hurricanes
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 4 33 73 85
Runs scored 92 1,062 4,399 2,907
Batting average 23.00 37.92 36.65 35.88
100s/50s 0/0 1/7 9/27 8/13
Top score 42 116* 184 150*
Balls bowled 293 4
Wickets 3 0
Bowling average 57.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/63
Catches/stumpings 1/– 19/– 71/– 28/–
Source: CricketArchive, 25 November 2014

Alexander Daniel Hales (born 3 January 1989) is an English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler who currently plays for Nottinghamshire, while also a regular in the England Twenty20 International side. He made his One Day International debut against India in August 2014.

Background[edit]

Hales was born in Hillingdon and attended both Westbrook Hay School and Chesham High School (now Chesham Grammar School) in Buckinghamshire

His father Gary broke several local batting records (including 321 not out for Gerrards Cross versus Chalfont St Peter in a limited overs league match in 1991) while his grandfather Dennis was a talented tennis player who once forced Rod Laver to five sets at Wimbledon.[1]

Career[edit]

Hales first came to national attention in 2005 when, as a sixteen-year-old, he hit 55 off a single over (three no-balls, eight sixes, one four) in a Cricket Idol T20 tournament at Lords. [2] Ironically, he had been picked for his fast bowling ability.

Hales first represented Buckinghamshire in Minor Counties cricket during the 2006 season, and played for MCC Young Cricketers in the Second XI Championship of 2007. He then impressed whilst trialling with Nottinghamshire in 2007, scoring 218 in only his second appearance for the county, following it up with a hundred and two 95's. Notts offered him a two-year contract until the end of the 2009 season. He made his List A debut in a rain-affected match against Leicestershire in May 2008 and his first class debut against Somerset in September 2008. During the 2009 season, after an impressive start, he signed a new two-year contract extension.[3] On 29 August 2009, Alex hit the top score in the Pro40 2009, 150 off of 102 balls for Nottinghamshire against Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.[4]

In July 2011, Hales made a century for Nottinghamshire in the county championship, a score that, according to Cricinfo marked him as "beginning to warrant the attention of the England selectors": it was the second century of his first-class career.[5] He went on to make 184.[6]

In April 2012 he told Nottingham-based entertainments magazine LeftLion: "I’m one of the worst league batsmen in the country. I’ve got an appalling record. I don’t know why that is, but I recommend that any clubs in Nottingham don’t get in touch with me." [7]

England[edit]

Hales represented England U19s in the summer of 2008 in a series of youth Test matches and ODIs against a touring New Zealand U19's, enjoying a successful time averaging 50 in the Tests and over 30 in the ODIs, including 3 half centuries. After just one season on the county circuit he was named in an England Performance Programme squad in the 09/10 winter. In the 2011 summer he was selected for the England Lions against Sri Lanka and was chosen for all the matches.

2011-2012[edit]

Following an impressive year in domestic Twenty20, he was selected for the senior England squad to play India. He scored a two-ball duck on debut, however in the following series against the West Indies, he scored an unbeaten 62 in a 128-run stand with Craig Kieswetter as England won by 10 wickets. Hales kept his place in the side for the T20 match against India, but only scored 11 runs of 19 balls.

On 24 June 2012, England achieved their highest successful chase in Twenty20 internationals. Hales was man of the match, after scoring 99 before losing his wicket to a yorker bowled by Rampaul with the game almost won. On 27 March 2014, Hales scored an unbeaten 116 not out to help England beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the Super 10-stage match in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.[8] Hales played in both games against South Africa, making scores of 11 in both innings, although he remained unbeaten in the second as the match was rained off.

Now an integral part of England's T20 team, Hales played in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20. England beat Afghanistan to qualify from the group, wi Hales being ran out on 31. However,a England were bowled out for 80 in the next game against India. In the super 8 stage, Hales again batted well against the West Indies, scoring 68. After beating New Zealand, England lost to Sri Lanka, with Hales being dismissed for just 3, meaning England were knocked out of the tournament.

2013-[edit]

Hales played in all three T20 games against New Zealand, now batting with his county team mate Michael Lumb. He made scores of 21, 5 and 80. In the third match of the series, in which Hales made 80, he participated in a 143 opening partnership with Lumb as England won by 10 wickets. In the return series Hales made 39 before the final match was abandoned. Hales made 94 in the second match against Australia, as he consolidated his position at to of the ICC player rankings. Hales was less effective in the away series in Australia, scoring 22, 16 and 6. He was then selected in the limited overs tour of West Indies, where he was also expected to play in his first ODI. However, injury meant he could only play in the T20 series, where he made scores of 3, 40 and 38.

England were drawn in a tough group for the 2014 World T20. Hales made a second ball duck in the first match against New Zealand, but followed this up by an unbeaten 116 against Sri Lanka. In doing so he became the first Englishman to score a T20I century. However, although Hales made 38 against South Africa, England lost and were knocked out of the competition. They then suffered a humiliating defeat against the Netherlands in their final match, in which hales made 12 as England were bowled out for 88.

Hales kept his place in the team for Peter Moores first game in charge of the T20 side against Sr Lanka. Although England lost, Hales top scored with 66.

Hales made his long awaited ODI debut in the series against India. He started well, making scores of 42 and 40 in his first two games although England we to on to lose them both. In he final two games of the series, he could only manager scores of 6 and 4 as England lost the series 3-1. He returned to form in the only T20 match between the two sides, hitting 40 to help England win the game.

He was selected in the squad for the series against Sri Lanka, but was surprisingly dropped for the first two games. He made 27 when he was recalled for the third ODI, batting in the middle order. In he fourth ODI he replaced suspended captain Alistair Cook at the top of the order, but was dismissed for a first ball duck. He made seven in the final match of the series.

International Centuries[edit]

Twenty20 International Centuries[edit]

Alex Hales' Twenty20 International Centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 116* 29  Sri Lanka Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium 2014 Won

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