County news May 2, 2014

Worcs bring in Hales as Moeen cover

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Alex Hales, Nottinghamshire's England T20 opener, has joined Worcestershire on a month's loan to cover for the potential absence of Moeen Ali on international duty. Hales goes straight into the Worcestershire squad to face Glamorgan in their Championship match starting on Sunday, which Moeen will miss due to his involvement with England for next Friday's ODI against Scotland.

After the Scotland game, England will play a T20 and five ODIs against Sri Lanka, with Worcestershire preparing to lose Moeen for most of May and the start of June. He could also be included for the two subsequent Tests.

While Hales is likely to be in England's squad for the Sri Lanka T20 on May 20, ruling him out of Essex's Championship visit to New Road, he should be available for games against Kent and Surrey. The loan deal is competition specific, so Hales will return to Nottinghamshire to play in the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday nights.

Hales featured in Nottinghamshire's opening Championship match of the season, making 61 and 0 batting at No. 6, before being dropped. He is keen to continue playing all three formats and had been subject of interest from Northamptonshire. Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, said it was preferable for Hales to be playing Division Two cricket than with the 2nd XI.

"Everyone at New Road is delighted that Moeen has been selected for England in the fixture against Scotland," Worcestershire's director of cricket, Steve Rhodes, said. "To lose a player of his quality is a blow to the team but to replace him with a loan player who is currently ranked as the number three T20 batsman in the world is a major coup for the club. He is keen to show his abilities in the four day format and impress the national selectors."

Hales passed the 1000-run mark in 2011 but lost his place in Notts' Championship XI last year, when he averaged 13.94 from 18 innings. During the same period, his T20 stock has soared, however. He was ranked the No. 1 batsman in the world until earlier this year and at the World T20 in March became the first England player to score a century in T20 internationals.

Worcestershire are currently top of Division Two after winning two of their opening three games. Moeen, who could be picked as England's next Test spinner, is their second-leading scorer with 209 runs.

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  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    Hales should be playing for England... Just not at cricket.

  • Mark on May 4, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    @FreddyForPrimeMimister, why on earth would Notts loan a batsmen they will need in a few weeks time to another first division side? Hopefully his time in division 2 will help him when he comes back into the Notts side following Jacques departure. I hope he ends up going down the order though.

  • Jem on May 3, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Wish Lancs would sign him. They are desperately in need of a top order batsman and whilst Hales' red ball cricket has hardly set the world alight, I believe that with proper management he can excel in all three forms of the game - and if he improves his 4 day game without quite managing to make the Test team, that's better for Lancs than losing him to England for most of the summer!

  • John on May 3, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    A no talent cricketer who's thick edges his way to T20 infamy. I doubt he'll get even a sniff at an ODI cap.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Hopefully Hales can get some big scores while playing for Worcestershire because he's a very talented one day and twenty twenty player but his 4 day batting probably needs a fair bit of work

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Its a good move for Hales much better to be playing cricket, I know he had a bad year last in 2013 in first class cricket but he should be in the Notts side.

  • Fawad on May 2, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Hales should've been playing for Eng :(

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