Alex Hales keen to prove he can be more than just a T20 player for England
Nottinghamshire batsmen wants more opportunities in the longer forms of the game
Sunday 18 May 2014
Alex Hales is hoping a repeat of his World Twenty20 heroics against Sri Lanka can convince England's coaches he is ready to do damage in the longer formats of the game.
In March, Hales led England to an astonishing victory over Sri Lanka - who went on to be crowned champions in the tournament - with an explosive 116 not out from 64 balls.
The teams meet again on Tuesday in a one-off T20 contest at The Oval ahead of a five-game ODI series and then two Test matches in June.
Hales' destructive potential in white-ball cricket is not in doubt but the 25-year-old is eager to prove he has the skills to succeed in the longer formats as well.
"I feel as though I've got the rest of the package too," the Nottinghamshire right-hander said.
"I feel if they gave me the chance in 50 overs this summer I would be ready for it.
"I've seen a lot of Sri Lanka and I feel I would be ready for the chance if it came along."
Hales added: "It is a little bit harsh to pigeon-hole me as a Twenty20 player.
"I had a shocker last year with the red ball but up until then I averaged 40 opening at Trent Bridge, which isn't a bad record at all.
"I'm keen to learn from last year and put it behind me and move on.
"I feel it's too early to be pigeon-holed as a Twenty20 player and I'm working hard on the other aspects of my game."
Hales needs to score runs on a regular basis for Notts if he wants to convince Peter Moores and the national selectors he can transfer his skills to the red-ball formats.
The 6ft 5in batsman, however, has struggled to secure a regular place for his county side and was loaned out to Worcestershire to gain more time at the crease in the County Championship.
Hales has scored 76 runs across two county appearances for Notts this summer and 63 in his one game for Worcestershire.
"It is a little bit frustrating because I've felt in good touch in the nets and I've got a couple of half centuries under my belt," Hales said.
"It's been a bit of a strange one but the guys in the middle order at Notts have been outstanding so far, so all I can do is wait for my chance and score as many runs as I can.
"That's been the story of the season so far really - dealing with that frustration.
"In England you do get a bit of seam movement with the early morning starts and two new balls, so you do need some form of solid technique opening up.
"With the World Cup being in Australia and the pretty flat pitches there, it's pivotal I score runs for Notts.
"If I can do well for Notts and do my thing in Twenty20 we'll see where we're at."
Moores' reign as head coach got off to a good start earlier this month as England beat Scotland in a 50-over game shortened to 20 overs because of bad weather.
The new set-up gives England the chance to wipe the slate clean after a disastrous winter that included an Ashes whitewash and ended with a humiliating World Twenty20 defeat to Holland.
"I've never worked with Peter Moores before so it's a new experience for me - he seems brilliant so far," Hales said.
"The winter was obviously disappointing in all aspects and the World Cup didn't go to plan either.
"There's a few new faces though and a change in management, and with this game being a one-off everyone is really up for it to get the public back with us.
"That's the harsh environment of international sport and the guys are absolutely buzzing for it."
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