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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
T20I debut (cap 55) 31 August 2011 v India
Last T20I 20 May 2014 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no. 35
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–present Nottinghamshire (squad no. 10)
2013 Melbourne Renegades
2013–present Adelaide Strikers
Career statistics
Competition T20I FC LA T20
Matches 32 67 72 108
Runs scored 1,022 3,914 2,262 3,018
Batting average 37.85 35.58 33.26 30.18
100s/50s 1/7 7/26 4/13 1/21
Top score 116* 184 150* 116*
Balls bowled 293 4 3
Wickets 3 0 0
Bowling average 57.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 2/63
Catches/stumpings 18/– 61/– 21/– 45/–
Source: CricketArchive, 17 June 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.

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.

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. 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]

International Centuries[edit]

T20I Centuries[edit]

No. Runs Match Against Venue City Country Year Result
1 116* 29  Sri Lanka Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Chittagong Bangladesh 2014 Won

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