England ended their ODI series against the West Indies in some style, as they mauled the hosts by 186 runs at Barbados to make it 3-0. It was a comprehensive victory for England as the side fired in all departments, with Chris Woakes being named the Man of the Match for his splendid all-round performance.
But the most satisfying aspect for Eoin Morgan’s side was the return of opener Alex Hales. Marking his comeback to international cricket after an injury cut short his tour of India, Hales was on the money right away as he scored a fantastic ton to conclude the debate over his place in the side.
Like any cricketer, the Nottinghamshire lad was delighted with his century in his comeback game.
“It was encouraging that they stuck with me,” Hales said.
“It was obviously my choice not to tour Bangladesh and it gave the opportunity for other people to come in and do well. That was a risk I knew I was taking and the injury then came at a bad time for me.
“I missed the boat in India. I ran myself out in the first ODI in India and then batted with a broken hand in the second one. Karma didn’t treat me very well. It’s been a tough winter.
“But the team have backed me and stuck with me and hopefully I’ve repaid their faith.”
Hales mentioned he worked hard on his fitness while he was away from international cricket.
“When you spend time away from international cricket it makes you realise what you’re missing out on,” he added.
“I tried to use the time off wisely, working on my fitness and batting with a small cast on my hand.
“It’s a huge honor to represent England and when you have time away from that it makes you cherish what you’ve got. Playing for your country, playing in front of all these people. It’s special. I was emotional, yes. It was a combination of everything and to come here and score a hundred having not played a lot of cricket throughout the winter is an incredibly special feeling.”