The once well known cricketer for England, Alex Hales has made himself accept the fact that his Test career is over now and he cannot play anymore of red ball cricket and so he wants to make the most of his time in playing the white ball cricket and focus on being in the English squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Hales has been in and out of the English ODI team since he was known to be involved in the late night brawl in Bristol in 2017. He returned from his ban later and since then has featured in a total of only 17 ODIs with the English team.
Hales is still hopeful of making it to the English squad for the upcoming World Cup hosted by his own country and so he is confident of being a truly world class player in white ball cricket. He said that he is amongst the only handful players in the squad that can play all the three cricket forms with. “I think there are only a handful of players who can be truly world-class at all three formats and having played all three, I’m not one of them. But I think I can be in white-ball,” said Hales.
The fines and everything were a dent said Hales
Hales is currently having a tough time in breaking in the opening duo of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow who currently opens for England and so he has lost the spot in being an England opener. “I won’t lie, there have been days when it has gnawed away at me. The fines and everything were a dent, but the biggest thing was losing my spot,” said Hales.
The day I found out I wasn’t playing, I knew Jason would come in and score big runs said Hales
He furthered by saying, “The day I found out I wasn’t playing (in the final two ODIs against Windies) I knew Jason would come in and score big runs. He’s too good a player. And Jonny was in the best form of his life. I saw it coming and it unfolded in slow motion. Sometimes I make mediocre decisions – I always have – but I don’t want to make them any more. It takes 10 seconds to get an image and 10 years to undo it. I’m 30 now, not 20, and I’ll be doing whatever I can for the rest of my career to change perceptions.”