Role Opening Batsman, Right-handed Batsman, Right-arm medium Bowler
Relation(s) Gary Hales (Father), Lisa Hales (Mother)
Alex Hales Biography
Alex Hales is an English cricketer born on 3rd January 1989 in Hillingdon, Middlesex. The aggressive batsman primarily is a right-handed batsman. His superb hitting power makes him an exceptional limited-overs cricket batsman.
He holds the record of being the only English batsman to smash a T20I ton.
The 15-year-old Hales first shook hands with fame after smashing 55 runs off an over at the London County Cricket’s Club Founder Day at Lord’s in 2005. He played for Buckinghamshire in Minor Counties in 2006 and represented MCC Young Cricketers in the Second XI Championship in 2007.
At 18, on the Nottinghamshire trial, the promising Englishman surprised everyone scoring 218 against Derbyshire for the second team in 2007 and bagged a two-year contract with them.
Hales played U-19 tests (149 runs in 2 matches) and ODI’s (129 runs in 5 matches) in New Zealand in 2008. His 544 runs with a brilliant strike rate of 146 in 2011 Friends Life T20 propelled Hales to the doors of England national team.
Hales could survive for only two balls scoring a duck in his T20I debut against India at Manchester in August 2011. He made up his debut debacle by smashing an unbeaten 62 in the second match against West Indies in Oval in September 2011.
Thanks to Hales’ blistering form at the top of the order, he was picked in the ODI squad against West Indies until an injury delayed his debut. Hales celebrated his debut in ODI scoring 40 against India at Cardiff in August 2014.
He had his Test debut against South Africa in December 2015 in Durban, acquiring 36 runs in the match.
Rise to Glory
Alex Hales blistering game suits the shorter formats as the Englishman missed a T20I ton by a run only in his fifth match against West Indies in Trent Bridge in 2012.
Hale smashed 116 runs off 64 balls against Sri Lanka in Chittagong in the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup.
Touring South Africa, Hales hit three consecutive half-centuries in ODIs to win the Man of the Series award in February 2016. Six months later, he played the phenomenal knock of 171 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, which is England’s highest individual ODI score.
Hales did not bloom in the Test in spite of a void in the opening slot and played only 11 tests scoring 573 at 27.94, without a ton. In his first 22 ODI’s he hit only two half-centuries and lacks consistency in spite of handful opportunities.