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Alex Hales

England|Opening Batter
Alex Hales
INTL CAREER: 2011 - 2022
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Full Name

Alexander Daniel Hales

Born

January 03, 1989, Hillingdon, Middlesex

Age

33y 331d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium

Fielding Position

Occasional Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Opening Batter

Height

6ft 5in

Despite a central role in the resurgence of England's limited-overs team following the debacle of the 2015 World Cup, Alex Hales will probably be remembered more for what he missed than what he achieved. He sat out the 2019 World Cup after it emerged he had served a ban for a second drugs test failure for a recreational substance, which seemed to lead the England management and the team's senior players to decide that Hales' behaviour had caused a breakdown of trust between the parties. He was also overlooked for the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Hales had already allowed his position as first-choice opener to slip away. He was suspended from the ODI side in the aftermath of a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017, also involving Ben Stokes, which gave Jason Roy the chance to make a successful comeback to the side.

The 6ft 5in Hales has a destructive range of off-side drives and cuts, and when he made his England debut in 2011, he was considered one of a brazen new breed of England batters who changed the conversation about the white-ball side. Sporting talent is in his genes - his grandfather once took Rod Laver to five sets at Wimbledon - and Hales was the first of his countrymen to score a T20I hundred, an unbeaten 116 against Sri Lanka in the 2014 T20 World Cup.

It still took three years for him to make his ODI debut, but his maiden one-day hundred, against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, helped propel him into England's Test squad for their 2015-16 tour of South Africa, making him the eighth opener to try to fill the gap left by Andrew Strauss' Test retirement. Hales made 60 in his second Test, in Cape Town, and two half-centuries against Sri Lanka in the next home season, but he did not take easily to the tempo and technique required at Test level.

In one-day cricket, though, his prowess was evident. When he lashed 171 (off 122 balls) against Pakistan at his home ground, Trent Bridge, in 2016, he broke the record for the highest individual score by an England batter, held by Robin Smith for 23 years. Hales' innings helped England get to 444 for 3, then the highest innings total in an ODI.

In February 2018, Hales committed himself solely to limited-overs cricket by signing a white-ball-only contract with Nottinghamshire and playing the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He struck 147 at Trent Bridge during that rarest of things - a whitewash in a one-day series against Australia.

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test112105739427.28130743.840577380
ODI70673241917137.79252795.7261427650270
T20I757582074116*30.951499138.3511222570390
FC1071826665523637.811126859.06133897038840
List A17516966260187*38.40631799.091732713129660
T203743712810534116*30.717142147.4956711714161800
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test1111820---0.66-000
ODI70------------
T20I75------------
FC107831117332/632/6357.663.33103.6000
List A17524100---15.00-000
T203742370---14.00-000
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The picture-perfect moment - England on the podium
Alex Hales, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan were heroes of England's campaign at various points
Alex Hales was castled by a Shaheen Shah Afridi inswinger
Alex Hales and Jos Buttler put together an unbroken 170-run stand to trounce India
Alex Hales and Jos Buttler walk off after their demolition job
Jos Buttler and Alex Hales soak in their unbroken 170-run stand