Talent is one word that has often been associated with England opener Alex Hales. The tall right-hander, who made his international debut against India in 2011, has been in the striking form off late, with a productive outing in the ICC World T20. Hales was simply at his destructive best at the top of the order, and the last few months have been really good for him.
In his latest interaction, on the sidelines of the county season, Hales spoke about his desire to succeed in all formats. The right-hander said that he wanted to emulate the success of David Warner, as the latter has been a successful opener for Australia across all formats. “The challenge for me is to open in all formats. There is only David Warner who has been able to do that in international cricket and it is a tough challenge. The skill sets are pretty different opening in T20 compared with Tests, for example, but it is something I’m striving to master,” said Hales.
When quizzed about his plan for the upcoming season, Hales said that the key was to focus on the basics and not overdo stuff. “That comes from experience,” he said “When I was younger, in my first couple of years at Notts (Nottinghamshire) , I would be going into a game thinking ‘I’ve got to score runs’ and if you do that you end up over-thinking everything and going away from what you naturally do as a player. I’ve got better at staying in the present. “So I’m not going to these two games for Notts with any targets. Being successful comes down to doing everything right before the game – getting your practice right, your skills right,” said Hales.
The opener also added that his break from cricket post the World T20 had done him the world of good. “I have practised intensively this week and I feel like my game is in good order. I’ve done all I can off the field and behind the scenes to go into the game with confidence. “The break has done me good and made me hungry to succeed in these two games. But you can’t think about the end results. If think about the process instead and how to get there, the rest should take care of itself.”