England news August 20, 2014

Hales glad to have missed out on IPL

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Alex Hales who earned a call-up to the England ODI side on Monday, has said that he is grateful he was not picked for IPL 2014, allowing him time to improve his four-day game. Hales was one of the English players passed over by franchises during the auction in February 2014.

Hales, who is a regular in England's T20 side, had made a strong case for an ODI spot with three List-A hundreds in the last three weeks, including a 96-ball 141 for Nottinghamshire against Middlesex. He had been a part of England's ODI squad to the West Indies earlier in the year but missed out on a debut after suffering a thigh injury. Hales also succeeded in carrying his rich one-day form into first-class cricket, with an unbeaten 102 against Northamptonshire last week.

"Had I got picked up in the IPL who knows whether we would have been having this conversation now," Hales told the Daily Telegraph. "I am almost glad that the door shut on me in the IPL and it has given me the chance to work hard on my four-day game. Had I gone to India it would have all been T20 and whacking the ball rather than ­technique and building and compiling innings."

Hales is expected to open the innings along with Alastair Cook and a strong showing could only help build his case for a top-order spot in Tests, especially after Sam Robson's struggles in the recent Tests against India. His success in the first-class games has also helped prove that his technique may not be an issue. In nine Division One games this season, Hales has scored 848 runs at an average of 56.53 with three hundreds and three fifties.

"Test cricket is definitely still my ambition. I'm still only 25 so I have just about got time on my side," Hales said. "From what I have learnt last year and the steps I have made, if I continue with those improvements then who knows?

"After the Big Bash I had a lot of time away to think about four-day cricket and discover that hunger for runs again and building an innings and working hard on my technique. I'm really happy that I have reaped the rewards this year."

Hales brushed aside any doubts over his readiness for the one-day stage. The batsman has played 32 T20Is for England since his debut against India in August 2011 and said the experience had helped him get accustomed to the international stage.

"I have played 30-odd games of international T20 and that comes with a lot of pressure, so I don't think the big stage will be anything too new," Hales said. "It's just whether my technique and temperament are ready for the step up, but I feel I have shown in the last few weeks that they are."

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  • JG2704 on August 22, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Funny world. He was loaned out earlier in the season too. Maybe the IPL rejection and being loaned out made him hungrier. Had he played in the IPL he may be richer financially. Had he played a significant number of games he would be richer for the experience too. However he may have been benched for much of it which would have done him no favours cricket wise. On the other hand I reckon Morgan is probably regretting not playing the IPL as I reckon he's as far away from the test side as he ever was, Buttler must have been tempted to put himself forward for IPL and I reckon he must be glad he stayed in England

  • YorkshirePudding on August 22, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, each to their own, but to claim you need more skill in T20 is laughable, T20 is to cricket as a comic is to a novel. The comic satisfies a need for 10 minutes but is hardly memorable, where as a novel sticks in the memory.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 22, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    Good on you Hales. Well guess what, nobody cares what your opinion on the IPL is. We know No matter how much you speak in that regard, no IPL team is ready to pick you or your countrymen. Enjoy your grandpa cricket.

  • whirlaway on August 21, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    @jmcilhinney: " I think he's saying that playing IPL would have meant less time to concentrate his long-form game and actually get good at it..."

    I disagree because Hales statement was not about time but about technique. His exact words were: "Had I gone to India it would have all been T20 and whacking the ball rather than ­technique and building and compiling innings."

    I do agree that Hales is ready for the ODI team. It will be interesting to see if IPL has ruined India's ODI performances as well. If we notice a tendency to hit big in the first 10 overs or most of the batsmen getting out by the 40th over or so, it will be clear that even their ODI prospects have gotten screwed by IPL. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if that turns out to be true.

  • whirlaway on August 21, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    "...it would have all been T20 and whacking the ball rather than ­technique and building and compiling innings."

    Exactly. And one Test team has completed Test innings scores of 178, 152, 161, 148 and 94 that prove what Hales says :-)

  • YorkshirePudding on August 21, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    @baghels.a, no problem, Im ambivalent towards T20 cricket, it fills a hole in that it brings in crowds to help the counties out financially. I would prefer it if it was at the end of the season, a little like the IPL is, but then again who wants to sit out at Headingly in the cold damp nights of September.

    Its good to hear that India is in the same boat with regard to Pay TV, I thought all cricket was on Free to air there.

  • baghels.a on August 21, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @jb633,Yorkshire pudding thanks mate for appreciating my point and posting a reply....it is the same in India many under the age of 40 are more clued in to shorter formats but it does not mean we don't follow or acknowledge the primacy of test cricket, most of us want India to excel especially in overseas conditions. lot of people say that more cricket in England should be on terrestrial TV channels but here in India since last decade and a half almost every cricket is available only on paid TV channels, so that can't be the reason because Premiership football is only available on paid channels like Skysports/BT(Exorbitant Subscription packages), slightly off the topic but IPL teams have to have minimum 7 Indians in there lineups while too many foreigners in English premier league clubs which hampers young English footballers growth hence a poor English football team.Yes scheduling in modern cricket is a killer but good players should be able to adapt to all 3 formats regardless.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 21, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    @baghels, the reason that county figures lag behind is simply because most of the games are played mid week, and so to get to them its difficult if you work. T20 games tend to be well attended as they are on in the evening with 6pm starts so people go out after work.

    Weekend Games don't get attended because that's when most club cricket is played, so the people most likely to go are actually playing, or they are spending time with their family and doing normal chores.

    Football takes 2 hours out of your day a couple of times a week, cricket takes 10 hours for 5 days.

    In answer to the second question, I don't know, however a lot of purists can see how T20 is damaging the higher levels of the game, by teaching poor shot selection, sloppy bowling because you expect to be hit to the boundary so you just try and minimise the damage. Pitches are created to last 20 overs, in tests they have to last 450 overs.

  • jmcilhinney on August 21, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    @D.S.A on (August 20, 2014, 19:31 GMT), stop playing the victim. It is NOT a cheap shot or even a criticism of India, Indians or the IPL. Hales wanted to play IPL because he believed that he could do well and make money and fair enough too. When he says that he's glad he wasn't selected in the auction he's not saying that the IPL is bad. He's saying that the time his non-selection afforded him to concentrate on FC cricket has given him a much better chance of playing Test cricket. He wanted something but and didn't get it but may end up getting something else he wanted as a result. We've all had it happen at some point and it doesn't mean that we think what we wanted in the first place was wrong. You're as bad as Dhoni suggesting people are jealous of IPL just because they suggest that some India Test players missing it might improve India's Test team. You just want to believe that everyone is against you so you can complain about it.

  • SoyQuearns on August 21, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    I like Hales and wish him all the best.

    To those saying it would have been better if he didn't do IPL - maybe, however he's saying it was a blessing in disguise to get inexplicably overlooked.

    It will benefit him and ENG in the long run.

    He mows his runs at good pace too, in all 3 formats, it'll be interesting to see whether he can push for Robson's spot. That'd be a nice contrast to Cook (right-left combo and a grafter with a strokemaker).

  • JG2704 on August 22, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Funny world. He was loaned out earlier in the season too. Maybe the IPL rejection and being loaned out made him hungrier. Had he played in the IPL he may be richer financially. Had he played a significant number of games he would be richer for the experience too. However he may have been benched for much of it which would have done him no favours cricket wise. On the other hand I reckon Morgan is probably regretting not playing the IPL as I reckon he's as far away from the test side as he ever was, Buttler must have been tempted to put himself forward for IPL and I reckon he must be glad he stayed in England

  • YorkshirePudding on August 22, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, each to their own, but to claim you need more skill in T20 is laughable, T20 is to cricket as a comic is to a novel. The comic satisfies a need for 10 minutes but is hardly memorable, where as a novel sticks in the memory.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 22, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    Good on you Hales. Well guess what, nobody cares what your opinion on the IPL is. We know No matter how much you speak in that regard, no IPL team is ready to pick you or your countrymen. Enjoy your grandpa cricket.

  • whirlaway on August 21, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    @jmcilhinney: " I think he's saying that playing IPL would have meant less time to concentrate his long-form game and actually get good at it..."

    I disagree because Hales statement was not about time but about technique. His exact words were: "Had I gone to India it would have all been T20 and whacking the ball rather than ­technique and building and compiling innings."

    I do agree that Hales is ready for the ODI team. It will be interesting to see if IPL has ruined India's ODI performances as well. If we notice a tendency to hit big in the first 10 overs or most of the batsmen getting out by the 40th over or so, it will be clear that even their ODI prospects have gotten screwed by IPL. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if that turns out to be true.

  • whirlaway on August 21, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    "...it would have all been T20 and whacking the ball rather than ­technique and building and compiling innings."

    Exactly. And one Test team has completed Test innings scores of 178, 152, 161, 148 and 94 that prove what Hales says :-)

  • YorkshirePudding on August 21, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    @baghels.a, no problem, Im ambivalent towards T20 cricket, it fills a hole in that it brings in crowds to help the counties out financially. I would prefer it if it was at the end of the season, a little like the IPL is, but then again who wants to sit out at Headingly in the cold damp nights of September.

    Its good to hear that India is in the same boat with regard to Pay TV, I thought all cricket was on Free to air there.

  • baghels.a on August 21, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @jb633,Yorkshire pudding thanks mate for appreciating my point and posting a reply....it is the same in India many under the age of 40 are more clued in to shorter formats but it does not mean we don't follow or acknowledge the primacy of test cricket, most of us want India to excel especially in overseas conditions. lot of people say that more cricket in England should be on terrestrial TV channels but here in India since last decade and a half almost every cricket is available only on paid TV channels, so that can't be the reason because Premiership football is only available on paid channels like Skysports/BT(Exorbitant Subscription packages), slightly off the topic but IPL teams have to have minimum 7 Indians in there lineups while too many foreigners in English premier league clubs which hampers young English footballers growth hence a poor English football team.Yes scheduling in modern cricket is a killer but good players should be able to adapt to all 3 formats regardless.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 21, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    @baghels, the reason that county figures lag behind is simply because most of the games are played mid week, and so to get to them its difficult if you work. T20 games tend to be well attended as they are on in the evening with 6pm starts so people go out after work.

    Weekend Games don't get attended because that's when most club cricket is played, so the people most likely to go are actually playing, or they are spending time with their family and doing normal chores.

    Football takes 2 hours out of your day a couple of times a week, cricket takes 10 hours for 5 days.

    In answer to the second question, I don't know, however a lot of purists can see how T20 is damaging the higher levels of the game, by teaching poor shot selection, sloppy bowling because you expect to be hit to the boundary so you just try and minimise the damage. Pitches are created to last 20 overs, in tests they have to last 450 overs.

  • jmcilhinney on August 21, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    @D.S.A on (August 20, 2014, 19:31 GMT), stop playing the victim. It is NOT a cheap shot or even a criticism of India, Indians or the IPL. Hales wanted to play IPL because he believed that he could do well and make money and fair enough too. When he says that he's glad he wasn't selected in the auction he's not saying that the IPL is bad. He's saying that the time his non-selection afforded him to concentrate on FC cricket has given him a much better chance of playing Test cricket. He wanted something but and didn't get it but may end up getting something else he wanted as a result. We've all had it happen at some point and it doesn't mean that we think what we wanted in the first place was wrong. You're as bad as Dhoni suggesting people are jealous of IPL just because they suggest that some India Test players missing it might improve India's Test team. You just want to believe that everyone is against you so you can complain about it.

  • SoyQuearns on August 21, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    I like Hales and wish him all the best.

    To those saying it would have been better if he didn't do IPL - maybe, however he's saying it was a blessing in disguise to get inexplicably overlooked.

    It will benefit him and ENG in the long run.

    He mows his runs at good pace too, in all 3 formats, it'll be interesting to see whether he can push for Robson's spot. That'd be a nice contrast to Cook (right-left combo and a grafter with a strokemaker).

  • on August 20, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    as the season has gone on he definitely lucked out, but he would have taken the contract had it come along. He deserves his run in the odi team and if he keeps playing like this he could go further. yes, the measure of a player is in test cricket not t-20, he knows it as does every other professional cricketer. If Kholi and Pujara were in doubt about that challenge they have been recently reminded, seems easier to get runs when there are no slips and the ball is not going off the seam or swinging. wish Hales the best, if he holds his from India bowling at present should not hold too many fears.

  • jb633 on August 20, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    @baghela.s.a, good point. In our country cricket has always been and will always be second to football. Football is seen as a people's games as it can be enjoyed with simply a ball and kids can use anything for goalposts. Cricket traditionally has been viewed as an upper class game and one that costs a lot of money to play/watch and enjoy. Although there are working class towns that buy into the idea it rarely is able to encapsulate a town like a football club would. I think it's duration and the slightly more complex rules put a lot of people of. Contrary to what people say the IPL is the only cricket aired live on terrestrial tv and is popular over here. T20 is more popular in ENG than test matches amongst the younger generation and casual fans. In terms of T20 cricket I don't think it is the game itself that is killing test cricket off but rather the fact it takes up so much of the calendar leaving players little time to practice their longer format skills, hence a lower standard.

  • D.S.A on August 20, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Glad to miss out on the IPL, but he was still willing to put himself up for auction? Ridiculous. It's not as if franchises can demand a player be involved in the auction. His statement is made to show his...desire...to play Test cricket, rather than Twenty20 cricket, which he has already done with his voluntary self-inclusion in the IPL auction. Now that Test cricket is a possibility, he is trying to convince people that he supposedly cares about Test cricket more now. It's also a cheap shot at India and Indian players who are fairly demoralised because of the result in the Test series.

  • baghels.a on August 20, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding, i am not disagreeing with you or disputing the numbers you presented .... but i think either you have added an extra zero or giving out cumulative figures...talking about roses game in last 5-6 years crowds for 4-day County matches are not more than 500 on any given day bu it can touch as much as 15,000 for a Natwest t-20 blast match....bit ironical, i got two questions for you...

    1) Why does Cricket in England lags behind Football so much in terms of reach,popularity and participation ??

    2) Why does all of us start debating Test cricket v/s shorter format/IPL after every time India loses a marquee test series ??

  • CricketPissek on August 20, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    @true-numbers - when the IPL auction was put forward, Hales was looked at merely as a T20 specialist by the ECB. Only now with Robson's failure, and his promotion to the ODI squad that he can realistically aim for Test cricket. He was making a pragmatic choice in January, and now with hindsight I don't see anything wrong with his actual statement "I am almost glad that the door shut on me in the IPL..." Please read beyond the headline. I don't think he'd ever say "I'm glad I didn't get a million dollars" he's just being practical in that it was probably a blessing in disguise. That's it!

  • YorkshirePudding on August 20, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    @deepmankar, What I would like to see is how many runs are scored in T20 and ODI's if there were no fielding restrictions, such as allowing test type fields.

    The problem with ODI's and T20's is that what are high risk shots in Tests eg, prod through slips, or attempting to go over the top is often a productive shot in T20. with a slip cordon you would pin down a batsman to stop them opening their arms.

    As for the 'famous' the crowds that gather at IPL games are nothing compared to the ones that goto an MCG boxing day test, especially an ashes one, let alone the types of crowds that attended when CC when life wasn't so frantic in the 50's, the record crowd is 48,0000 for a roses game, in tests in the UK its 159000 for an ashes match.

  • true-numbers on August 20, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    if 4 day games improves his technique then why had he put his name in auction list? complete contradiction in his comments.

  • PeerieTrow on August 20, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    It would have been more meaningful had he committed to England without being rejected by the IPL franchises

  • on August 20, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    A comment about the IPL format itself; it seems currently each team plays against another team twice so each team gets to play about 16 games or so, this is too much rather what they can do is each team plays against each team only once but increase the number of teams, let more indian & international players get selected and there should be many many more teams. Let all cricket boards come to some agreement so that during the ipl season no other international cricket matches will be played so that many more great international players will be available for the ipl tournament and also with more teams many more players can be accommodated for the ipl tournament. Lots of players like Hales etc can be accommodated in the ipl if there are many more teams in the ipl. Today's cricket play has so much evolved so that an international player needs all kinds of exposure including the ipl too so that their skills are optimum, so the ipl needs to be made kind of mandatory.

  • baghels.a on August 20, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Good for Hales then, @GoCho, i thought us Indians cricket fans loved every format of the game and not be divided in to divisions like Indian IPL fans or Indian test fans as you put it.I love my IPL and i love test cricket and want Indian team to excel in test cricket....my reason for liking IPL is not the T-20 format but the fact it provides domestic players who have toiled unnoticed for years like Rajat Bhatia,Pravin Tambe etc with much needed spotlight and recognition.Surely Indian cricket is just not about Indian test team only but also about all the 26 domestic state sides,u-19 players, club players in local leagues who make the game what it is in India, while we bicker among ourselves regarding formats there are colleagues in my office and many others living in metroes of India who are more bothered how Man United,Barca ,Real Madrid will fare in the upcoming football season puts things in perpective, BTW Johnson had a fabolous IPL last season and then for Australia

  • Absolutelycricket on August 20, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Some people think that Test format is Cricket and everything else is not, i dont understand if thats so then it should be less famous but its other way round. . afterall you have to use your skills for every single bowl you bowled and every single run in T20 and ODIs. Test format is completely different so why compare each other.

  • on August 20, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Think of T20 like an action rom-com and Tests like Shakespearean theatre, with ODIs somewhere inbetween (a HBO series, perhaps.) No actor worth their salt would regard the first as worthy of their talent, but they'll happily do a couple if the price is right to please the people who enjoy it, then spend their 'free time' showing their true talent in front of small audiences who will appreciate the full force of their acting talent for a tiny fraction of what they'd earn, and they'll enjoy it more.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 20, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, the problem is a lot of people haven't seen these guys play, so when the media starts bandying their names around as the next best thing, that's what they believe.

    I haven't heard much mention of Lyth in the media despite averaging close on 60 and having scored 1000 runs so far this season.

    I agree Robson stays for the WI's possibly with Hales or Lyth as the backup opener. the Middle order is looking solid, but possibly have Vince or Taylor as backup.

  • SDHM on August 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    @JMC - in fairness, Hales had only ONE poor season in FC cricket, doesn't mean he's not good at it. Before 2013 he had exactly the same FC average as Joe Root despite playing his home games on a tougher pitch in a higher division - they both averaged 38 at the end of the 2012 season, but he wasn't even mentioned in terms of going on the India tour whilst Root got picked. Think the IPL and his contract negotiations distracted him last season, rather than him not having any adeptness for the first class game.

  • jmcilhinney on August 20, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I think that some people may be misinterpreting Hales' words. I don;t think that he's saying that playing IPl would have adversely affected his long-form game directly. To be frank, his long-form game was pretty poor to begin with. I think he's saying that playing IPL would have meant less time to concentrate his long-form game and actually get good at it, which he genuinely has been this season. I don't think that there's any doubt that Hales is ready for the ODI team. There won't be much, if any, difference between that and playing T20I in terms of pressure, as he says. I think some are getting a bit carried away when suggesting him for the Test team though. I genuinely hope he does eventually get selected because a batsman like him could definitely benefit England but he's only had one good season of FC cricket not long after losing his spot for his county. He needs another season like this one to show that he can do it consistently. I'd stick with Robson for WI at least.

  • Twinkie on August 20, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    It seems that though some people think that T20 is the ultimate in cricket, the cricketers themselves see it as inferior. I haven't heard of one player who thinks T20 is the real test of cricketing ability. They make heaps of money at T20 and long to test their skills and be successful at test level. They know that T20 is artificial and unfair to the bowlers. Anyone who claims otherwise is a cricket novice.

  • Absolutelycricket on August 20, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    That statement was very obvious isnt it. one thing or another IPL pays players well clearly ECB is against it which leaves no choice for club owners to not to pick. very few players from England team picked for IPL though like Morgan, KP, Bopara

  • GoCho on August 20, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Good he waited till the test matches got over to say this - otherwise Indian IPL fans would have been up in arms and mention a few exceptions like ABD, Steyn (who have not let the IPL affect their Test standards) and claim that Hales would be the loser without the 'glorious' IPL experience. As an Indian test cricket fan, I do believe Hales is right - the ones who have done really well in test cricket of late - Johnson, Steve Smith, Ryano, Ballance, Anderson etc have not played/done too well at the IPL..

  • Lion_Wallaby on August 20, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Well said!! All hail Alex Hales!!!

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  • Lion_Wallaby on August 20, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Well said!! All hail Alex Hales!!!

  • GoCho on August 20, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Good he waited till the test matches got over to say this - otherwise Indian IPL fans would have been up in arms and mention a few exceptions like ABD, Steyn (who have not let the IPL affect their Test standards) and claim that Hales would be the loser without the 'glorious' IPL experience. As an Indian test cricket fan, I do believe Hales is right - the ones who have done really well in test cricket of late - Johnson, Steve Smith, Ryano, Ballance, Anderson etc have not played/done too well at the IPL..

  • Absolutelycricket on August 20, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    That statement was very obvious isnt it. one thing or another IPL pays players well clearly ECB is against it which leaves no choice for club owners to not to pick. very few players from England team picked for IPL though like Morgan, KP, Bopara

  • Twinkie on August 20, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    It seems that though some people think that T20 is the ultimate in cricket, the cricketers themselves see it as inferior. I haven't heard of one player who thinks T20 is the real test of cricketing ability. They make heaps of money at T20 and long to test their skills and be successful at test level. They know that T20 is artificial and unfair to the bowlers. Anyone who claims otherwise is a cricket novice.

  • jmcilhinney on August 20, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I think that some people may be misinterpreting Hales' words. I don;t think that he's saying that playing IPl would have adversely affected his long-form game directly. To be frank, his long-form game was pretty poor to begin with. I think he's saying that playing IPL would have meant less time to concentrate his long-form game and actually get good at it, which he genuinely has been this season. I don't think that there's any doubt that Hales is ready for the ODI team. There won't be much, if any, difference between that and playing T20I in terms of pressure, as he says. I think some are getting a bit carried away when suggesting him for the Test team though. I genuinely hope he does eventually get selected because a batsman like him could definitely benefit England but he's only had one good season of FC cricket not long after losing his spot for his county. He needs another season like this one to show that he can do it consistently. I'd stick with Robson for WI at least.

  • SDHM on August 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    @JMC - in fairness, Hales had only ONE poor season in FC cricket, doesn't mean he's not good at it. Before 2013 he had exactly the same FC average as Joe Root despite playing his home games on a tougher pitch in a higher division - they both averaged 38 at the end of the 2012 season, but he wasn't even mentioned in terms of going on the India tour whilst Root got picked. Think the IPL and his contract negotiations distracted him last season, rather than him not having any adeptness for the first class game.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 20, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, the problem is a lot of people haven't seen these guys play, so when the media starts bandying their names around as the next best thing, that's what they believe.

    I haven't heard much mention of Lyth in the media despite averaging close on 60 and having scored 1000 runs so far this season.

    I agree Robson stays for the WI's possibly with Hales or Lyth as the backup opener. the Middle order is looking solid, but possibly have Vince or Taylor as backup.

  • on August 20, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Think of T20 like an action rom-com and Tests like Shakespearean theatre, with ODIs somewhere inbetween (a HBO series, perhaps.) No actor worth their salt would regard the first as worthy of their talent, but they'll happily do a couple if the price is right to please the people who enjoy it, then spend their 'free time' showing their true talent in front of small audiences who will appreciate the full force of their acting talent for a tiny fraction of what they'd earn, and they'll enjoy it more.

  • Absolutelycricket on August 20, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Some people think that Test format is Cricket and everything else is not, i dont understand if thats so then it should be less famous but its other way round. . afterall you have to use your skills for every single bowl you bowled and every single run in T20 and ODIs. Test format is completely different so why compare each other.

  • baghels.a on August 20, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Good for Hales then, @GoCho, i thought us Indians cricket fans loved every format of the game and not be divided in to divisions like Indian IPL fans or Indian test fans as you put it.I love my IPL and i love test cricket and want Indian team to excel in test cricket....my reason for liking IPL is not the T-20 format but the fact it provides domestic players who have toiled unnoticed for years like Rajat Bhatia,Pravin Tambe etc with much needed spotlight and recognition.Surely Indian cricket is just not about Indian test team only but also about all the 26 domestic state sides,u-19 players, club players in local leagues who make the game what it is in India, while we bicker among ourselves regarding formats there are colleagues in my office and many others living in metroes of India who are more bothered how Man United,Barca ,Real Madrid will fare in the upcoming football season puts things in perpective, BTW Johnson had a fabolous IPL last season and then for Australia