Alex Hales

England
Age
January 3, 1989 (32 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Hillingdon, Middlesex
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
England
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium

Alex Hales is a 32-year-old right-handed batsman who has opened the innings for England across formats. Hales wanted to be a fast bowler but at the age of 16 became famous for batting exploits in a Cricket Idol T20 competition at Lord’s. After a stint with Buckinghamshire in Minor Counties cricket, he trialled with Nottinghamshire County. After being offered a 2-year contract with Notts in 2007, Hales began his first-class career versus Somerset in September 2008.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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Bowling
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Team played

England, England A, England XI, Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire, Mumbai Indians, England Under-19, Adelaide Strikers, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Thunder, Duronto Rajshahi, England Lions, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rangpur Rangers, Barbados Tridents, Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, Stellenbosch Kings, World XI, Maratha Arabians, Durban Heat, Team Abu Dhabi, Trent Rockets

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
70
67
3
2419
171
37.8
2527
95.73
6
14
276
50
T20I
60
60
7
1644
116*
31.02
1203
136.66
1
8
175
55
Test
11
21
0
573
94
27.29
1307
43.84
0
5
77
3
IPL
6
6
0
148
45
24.67
118
125.42
0
0
13
6

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
70
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
60
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
11
1
18
2
0
-
0.67
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
6
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Biography

On the back on an impressive performance, his contract got extended by two years. In 2008, he was selected to represent the England U-19 team for a series of matches against the touring New Zealand squad, including youth Tests and T20 games. Three years later, Alex was selected to represent England Lions versus Sri Lanka. Hales has also participated in several domestic T20 leagues, including the IPL, BBL, PSL and BPL. His IPL stint was short-lived, with just one season (2018) playing for Rajasthan Royals. In the BBL, he has represented Melbourne Renegades, Adelaide Strikers, Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder.

After an impressive performance in domestic T20 games, Alex was selected to play against India and West Indies in the 2011-12 season. He cemented his place in the side and after a few more bilateral series, was chosen to represent England in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20. An injury kept Alex from making his ODI debut against West Indies in 2014. But he got his opportunity against India later that year. Chosen to play in the 2015 ODI World Cup, Hales appeared in only two games including a match against Bangladesh, a game that England lost to exit the competition. Later that year, he was included in England’s Test squad for a series against Pakistan but was not given his debut. Alex got to play his first Test match eventually versus South Africa in 2016. While his debut series was not too impressive, Hales became a regular member of the England T20I and ODI teams. England included him in the squad for the 2019 ODI World Cup. But after he had missed a Nottinghamshire match versus Leicester, ostensibly for personal reasons, it transpired that he had failed a drug test after using a recreational drug and went on to serve a 21-day ban handed by the ECB. Subsequently, the ECB dropped Hales from all England squads and the player has not been recalled to the side since the incident.

Test

Hales has scored 573 runs in 11 Test matches at 27.28 with 5 fifties, including the highest score of 94. 

ODI

Alex has played 70 ODIs in which he has scored 2419 runs at 37.79 with 14 fifties and 6 hundreds, including a top score of 171.

T20I

Alex Hales has scored 1644 runs in 60 T20Is at 31.01 with one ton and 8 fifties, including his highest score of 116 not out.

Records and Facts

Hales came into national prominence when he smashed 55 runs off a six-ball over in a Cricket Idol T20 competition at Lord’s in 2005. He hit 8 sixes and a four in the over which contained three no balls. When he trialled for Nottinghamshire in 2007, Hales hit a double ton in only his second game and followed it up with a ton. Batting for Nottinghamshire against Worcestershire in August 2009, Alex scored 150 off 102 balls to make the highest score in the Pro40 2009 competition. In July 2011, Alex scored 184, his 2nd first-class ton, playing for Notts in the county championship, drawing the attention of the England selectors in the process. In May 2015, Hales hit six sixes off successive deliveries spread across two overs in an unbeaten innings of 86 versus Birmingham in the NatWest T20 Blast. Two years later, in August 2017, Alex scored 95 off 30 balls in the T20 Blast tournament versus Durham.

In June 2012, Hales scored 99 versus West Indies in England’s highest successful T20I chase. In the process he became the only batsman to be dismissed for 99 in a T20I. After he scored 94 in the second match of a T20I series versus Australia in 2014, Alex became the world’s number one ranked T20I batsman. In 2015, Alex contributed innings of 109 and 30 to help England to a 2-1 ODI series win against Pakistan. In 2016, Hales scored four consecutive fifties and a ton to be named Man of the Series in the 5-match ODI series on England’s tour of South Africa. Retained in the Test squad, despite much debate about his suitability for Test cricket, against the visiting Sri Lankans in 2016, Hales repaid the selectors’ faith with innings of 86, 83 and 94 to help England to a 2-0 series win. Later that summer, Hales scored 171 in the third of a five-match ODI series versus Pakistan to set a record for England’s highest ever individual score. In the process, he broke the previous record set in 1993 by Robin Smith. The innings helped England to the highest team ODI score. After England posted 444 for 3, they helped themselves to a 169-run victory. During that knock, Hales shared a 248-run partnership for the second wicket with Joe Root (85). Alex scored 22 fours and 4 sixes during the innings.

Hales accomplished his highest score in T20Is against Sri Lanka in Chattogram in March 2014 during the World T20. Batting first, Sri Lanka posted a decent score of 189/4 in their allotted 20 overs, largely due to innings of 55 off 47 balls by Dilshan and 89 off 51 balls by Jayawardene. When England replied, they lost two wickets without a run on the board. Then came a 152-run partnership between Hales and Morgan which ended in the 17th over when Morgan was out for 57 off 38 balls. Alex stayed unbeaten until the end to see England home with 6 wickets and 4 balls to spare. Hales scored 116 off 64 balls with 11 fours and a six to be named Man of the Match.