Alex Hales recently secured his place into England’s One-Day International squad for the five-match series against India. He has been in a good patch of form recently, and while acknowledging that he’s in the form of his life, Hales believed that missing out on an Indian Premier League contract helped him become a better player and develop his career.

Hales, who is yet to play an ODI, has had backing from the likes of Ian Botham and Michael Vaughan to open with the England captain Alastair Cook in test.

The call-up to the ODI squad was very much obvious for him, as earlier this month, Hales hit a brisk hundred for the England Lions against New Zealand and continued the good form last week, gathering tons at List A and first-class level in county cricket.

Hales has played 32 Twenty20 Internationals, and has an average of 37.85 and a strike rate of 137.73. The 25-year-old batsman believes the transition from T20Is to ODIs will be smooth for him.

He has played 30-odd games of international T20 and that comes with a lot of pressure, so he doesn’t think the big stage will be anything too new for him to handle this was what Hales quoted to The Telegraph. To him it’s just whether his technique and temperament are ready for the step up, but he feels he has shown in the last few weeks that they are.

Hales was one of the few bright spots in England’s dismal World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh, but despite being the No. 3 batsman in the International Cricket Council T20I rankings, he was ignored by the IPL franchises this season.

 He said that he was glad that the door was shut for him in the IPL and it has given him the chance to work hard on my four-day game. Had he gone to India, it would have all been T20 and whacking the ball rather than ­technique and building and compiling innings.

The shorter formats might be a fan favourite and there may be lots of cash for many cricket boards, but for Hales, the priority remained excelling in Tests.

Test cricket is definitely still his ambition, he insisted. He is still only 25 so he has just about got time on his side. From what he has learnt last year and the steps he has made, if he continues with those improvements then who knows? Twelve months ago he could not have imagined this at all but six months ago, yes.

After the Big Bash, he had a lot of time away to think about four-day cricket and discover that hunger for runs again and building an innings and working hard on my technique. He is really happy that he has reaped the rewards this year.


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