The ongoing test series against Pakistan has been a horrible one for talented England opener Alex Hales. After impressing one and all with his sensational display in the series against Sri Lanka, Hales has fizzled out and has struggled against quality bowling at the top of the order. His returns in the first three games of the series do not inspire a lot of confidence. Barring a half-century in his previous knock, Hales doesn’t have the luxury of boasting his case.

 

The right-handed opener in a recent interaction admitted that he wanted to seek some inspiration from friend and middle order batsman Joe Root. Root was criticized for his shot selection in the first test at Lord’s, but roared back to form with a thunderous double ton at Manchester.

 

Hales said that he would surely try to take some technical tips from Root for the fourth test of the series. “Watching Rooty bat in the first innings at Old Trafford, the way he moves his feet around the crease, got me thinking about little adjustments in my game. Second innings, I tried to give it a go and it wasn’t something I was comfortable with,” Hales said.

 

Analyzing his form throughout the series, Hales said, “The results I have had this series have not been what I’ve wanted, having got a couple of good balls and played a couple of rash shots, but the exciting thing for me is that I’m developing and learning. Keep doing that and enjoying myself and I will give myself the best chance,” he said. “I think the second innings at Edgbaston showed that, but at the same time it’s about scoring runs and getting results and I know I need to score more, particularly in this Test coming up.”

 

“Something I’ve learnt is not to go out and bat with any preconceived ideas,” he said. “I don’t want to be a guy who is known for blocking it nor hitting it to all parts. You have to be adaptable to each situation. If they bowl well I want to be good enough to see it off and if they bowl poorly still have the intention to hit the bad balls. Just play the situation,” Hales said, when asked about his mindset while opening the innings.

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