Alex Hales is ready for England’s late tournament push after being handed an international lifeline before the T20 World Cup and facing fresh difficulties on Australian soil.
Alex Hales bringing it up all for England with his Power Hitting
Alex Hales participation was as fortunate as it was surprising, since he had appeared to be out of favor with the England camp and was only called up as an eleventh-hour replacement for Jonny Bairstow, who suffered a freak injury on the golf course.
Since his re-introduction, the 33-year-old has demonstrated a level of quality, as seen by a score of 84 off 51 balls against the Australians in the build-up to the event, relying on Big Bash League expertise and playing without constraint on a bouncy Perth surface.
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Alex Hales also scored a half-century in the last match to help England defeat New Zealand, however the opener concedes that the pitches at the T20 World Cup in October and early November presented different challenges, maybe requiring a rethink against the new ball.
“It has been a little unusual,” Alex Hales said
“I believe the numbers at the top of the list have been lower than expected throughout the competition. They’ve been a little different from what I’m used to. It’s been tricky because there’s been a lot of swing and a lot of seaming bounce. I had to persevere and cobble together a contribution the other night.”
England made excellent headway in their World Cup campaign thanks to Alex Hales efforts, winning by 20 runs over New Zealand. England has a superior net run rate than Australia and the advantage of playing a day later, knowing what they need to do to secure a semi-final position.
“I believe it all comes easy to us, especially with our lineup featuring an additional batter. You have a very strong middle order, with players who can easily hit a 200 strike rate. I believe we have a very confident batting lineup and will be able to adjust to anything tomorrow requires.”
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England seemed excellent value to win the T20 World Cup without Alex Hales in 2021, only to be defeated by New Zealand by five wickets. The opening is eager to seize and run with the opportunity to play in a T20 World Cup semi-final, which is heightened by the tournament’s overall intensity.