England and Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales has already seemed to have made up his mind that he will return to red-ball cricket following the 2019 World Cup stint. In the month of February, the 29-year-old signed a deal with Notts to only play limited-overs games until 2019, in an attempt to cement his spot in the England team. In an interview, he has been open to that of his decision and expressed- “I’m certainly not turning my back on four-day cricket. For 18 months I wanted to dedicate all my practice and all my energy to get as good as I can at white-ball cricket just for the World Cup. With the busy schedule, you’ve got the tournaments around the world, the tours with England, the series in the summer and the T20 Blast. There’s so much cricket now I just want to dedicate every resource of energy and all my practise to ensure my good performance in white-ball cricket. The major purpose of the same has been in cementing my spot for the World Cup.”
Finding the feet in limited overs cricket- Alex Hales
Just after finishing his successful IPL stint in India where his franchise SRH finished off as a runner-up, this opening batsman Hales now prepares himself to get into England’s squads for their series against Scotland and Australia next month. Hales has been a major part of the Notts side that dominated domestic limited-overs cricket in 2017, winning both the T20 Blast and the One-Day Cup.
The latter triumph of winning the One-Day Cup was motivated by his brilliant innings of 187, which was the highest individual score in a Lord’s one-day final. Also along with his 434 runs at 72.33 in the 50-over competition, he has clinched another 507 runs at 33.80 for Notts last season in 20-over cricket. That, later on, helped him make an entry to the England side that beat Australia 4-1 in the One-Day International series against Australia in January.
In an interview, he has expressed his opinion on the same- “Your dream as a kid is to represent your country in a World Cup. And the quality of team what we’ve got at this moment is one of the best sides in the history of English cricket in terms of 50-over cricket. I just want to give myself the best possible chance of being in the starting XI come next year. I’m on the fringes. With the advent of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy, this team has embraced a magnificent transition period. For me, when there are three guys who are vying for two spots, I just want to give myself the best chance to try to have that spot when it comes to this time next year. The energy and enthusiasm I possess for shaping up my credentials in practices and all the matches involving white-ball cricket are the most I’ve ever had in my career.”