After missing out on the 2019 World Cup for England following recreational drug use, the promising opener Alex Hales is eyeing the return during the Twenty20 World Cup scheduled in Australia, next year in October.
While targeting the World Cup, the 30-year-old batsman has backed his team for the impending World Cup. He has wished good luck to the Three Lions ahead of the World Cup which will begin on May 30 in London.
“I’m still a fan and wish all the boys the best. What we’ve done over the last few years has been unbelievable so the guys deserve to win it and I’ll be sat there watching and cheering,” Hales told media.
Hales sets his eyes on T20 World Cup:
He is optimistic about delivering in the distinct T20 leagues across the cricketing globe.
“That’s one of my aims – that T20 World Cup,” Hales revealed.
The Hillingdon-born top-order batsman Hales made his international appearance with the T20 International game in 2011. He wants to enjoy cricket while scoring plenty of runs in the upcoming tourneys.
“I’m going to go through the process and hopefully score some runs in these tournaments and see how we go – just enjoy my cricket,” he added.
Hales focuses on fitness and performance:
Following his snub from the World Cup squad, Hales maintained a year or so will be quite busy for him. He remarked that he will get ready for the Blast following time-off. Meanwhile, he admits the fact of following a procedure.
Earlier, following his inclusion in the provision 15-man squad, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) replaced him with James Vince as the former failed a recreational drug test.
“There’s obviously a process to go through. I think once I start playing again the next 12 months are going to be really busy so I’m going to enjoy a mixture of some downtime and then start getting prepared for the Blast,” Hales further added.
Hales’ priority is his fitness. He revealed that he’s still in the contract while maintaining he is enjoying the perks. Hales, who hails in the vicinity of the Trent Bridge explained he’s enjoying his freedom.
“I keep myself fit. I’ve got my gym programme, I’m still contracted to the ECB, so I’ve got my gym programmes and nutrition stuff. There’s training available – I live two minutes from Trent Bridge if I ever need to practise. I quite enjoy the responsibility of having my own choice of when I want to train or go to the gym.” Hales stated.
Hales to represent Barbados Tridents at the CPL 2019:
On Wednesday (May 22), Barbados Tridents signed Hales for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League’s (CPL) edition.
While speaking at the draft, Hales is keen to deliver according to the expectations. He added he has learned to adapt according to the situation while representing England.
Moreover, Hales believes it’s good to shoulder the responsibility as an overseas cricketer.
“It’s good responsibility and good for learning as an overseas player – there’s probably a bit more pressure on you to perform. That’s something I enjoy. I’ve played a lot of cricket for England now. That side of the game, the pressure, is something I really enjoy. And I have learned to adapt and get used to,” Hales elaborated.
Hales represented England in 70 ODIs, 60 T20Is and 11 Tests.