The Notts opening batsman had one heck of a season last year with England as well as Nottinghamshire, leading his county side to Natwest T20 Blast and Royal London One-day Cup title. Lets not forget the impressive red-ball form he gained, which helped Nottinghamshire to the promotion to the division 1 in the championship, making him a strong contender for the no.4 spot for the Ashes tour 2017-18, but ended up being cornered from the test side, once again.
The 29 years-old has been one of the most destructive batsman in the limited overs cricket and being an essential asset for Eoin Morgan in modernizing the English side.
But after Adil Rashid, Alex Hales has also decided to sign a white-ball contract with his county since he is now willing to focus more on the white-ball cricket and be as better as he can.
“We are looking forward to Alex being involved again with us for the next two years as he was integral to our success in 50 and 20-over cricket last summer. Alex is entitled to make himself available for whatever format he wants to play, and we respect his decision. He’s an outstanding white ball player and we look forward to him helping us win more trophies in that format of the game.” said Mick Newell, Notts’ Director of Cricket.
White-ball cricket contract wasn’t known to most of the people until Adil Rashid signed one last year, since he’s one of those players who can beat anyone, in any three formats, at any level.
The question that pops up in our minds is whether it will make any influence?
Well, it’s not a big deal for now. It’s just the way foreign players sign the T20 deals with counties. Think of this as these two players to focus more on what they are really specialist about. The young generation wont be affected from it either. The standards of selection will always depend a little bit on how good a player has performed in the First-Class cricket as well.
There is a large amount of people on the internet calling them death angels of test cricket but some tried to understand his decision and here’s what they had to say about it.
“Not his fault”
One of the biggest problems facing first class, and by extension Test cricket is
how much is played. I therefore don’t blame Alex Hales at all for focusing on LA and T20. It’s a good idea to specialise, rather than spread your talent thin
— Jack Mendel ? (@JackMendel4) February 20, 2018
“Its how it’s supposed to work, isn’t it?”
If they don’t want to play red ball cricket that’s there choice. Opens up playing spots for other players. If they then turn out to be better and then take these guys spots in white ball cricket, isn’t this how sport is supposed to work?
— justin smyth (@justinsmyth1) February 20, 2018
“Its like moving on and opening a doorway for youngsters”
Gives the opportunity to bring on and develop younger squad players and give them chance, yes it’s a gamble for some counties but another Alex Hales could be in the wings…
— Surrey Pigeon (@SurreyPigeon) February 20, 2018
Freddie Wilde had something to explain… yet again!
Adil Rashid & now Alex Hales have chosen to focus on white ball cricket. If you’re surprised you’ve not been paying attention. Cricket’s economy is unbalanced towards T20 & as skills demanded by formats diverge players are understandably rushing to maximise their opportunities.
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) February 20, 2018