Alex Hales is surely one of the most destructive opener in the world right now. He has been through ups and down through out his career so far and lack of consistency was always one of his main performance. There was no doubt about his talent but again, he was not consistent.
He was going through a rough patch last year until he scored a blistering 171 against Pakistan in a One-day International, which is the highest individual score by any English player. Scoring 171 in one game did gave Hales a stick to handle and hope for a better future until he suffered a hand fracture which ruled him out of the India tour. He made his comeback in the squad after recovering against West Indies. He scored a century in the last match of the series, which was his first match of the series. Hales got off the mark very well and took his chance very well to be part of the upcoming plans of the English cricket team.
However, Hales didn’t get along the test format any easy, he struggled a lot to play the red ball format of the game. He averages just 27.28 in 21 test innings. He also had dicipline issues due to which he was quietly stripped off from the English test side.
However, Alex Hales is now considered as one of the best modern-day cricketer England ever had after recent consistent performances. He scored 95 in the first match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against Bangladesh. He later carried on his hot form to the English Domestic circuit.
He scored a record-breaking 187 not out against Surrey in the Royal London One-Day Cup 2017’s Final which helped his team, Nottinghamshire, lift the title. On August 1st, he scored a century against Yorkshire while chasing 223 in the Natwest T20 Blast. Not to forget, He scored 95 runs off just 29 balls last week! He fell five runs short for record-breaking fastest T20 100.
As said before, Alex Hales didn’t get a long with the longer format of the game in his career so far but that isn’t the concern anymore since his impressive performances in the county championship 2017 for the Nottinghamshire. Yesterday he scored 218 runs on just 218 balls against Derbyshire in a County Championship match.
All these performances raise a question. Will Hales be considered as an option for the English test squad as well after continuous failures by the opener Keaton Jennings? Or do the selectors want to see him perform more to be sure about his selection?