Home > News >

England want more Alex Hales heroics against Sri Lanka in T20

Alex Hales © Getty images
Alex Hales said that he has seen a lot of Sri Lanka and feels he would be ready for the chance if it came along © Getty images

London: May 19, 2014

England will hope history repeats itself when they begin their international programme against Sri Lanka with a lone Twenty20 international at The Oval on Tuesday. One of the few highlights for England during a recent tour programme that saw them surrender the Ashes 5-0 came in March when Alex Hales‘ stunning 116 not out off just 64 balls saw them beat eventual champions Sri Lanka at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

England eventually bowed out of that tournament with a humiliating 45-run loss to the Netherlands while even Hales’s astonishing innings — the first century in a Twenty20 international by an England batsman — has threatened to become something of a millstone around the 25-year-old’s neck. Tradition still holds sway in England, the longer the game the more respect it is accorded.

That’s why many England fans regard Tuesday’s match and the five one-day internationals that follow as a ‘warm-up’ for the more ‘serious’ business of the two Test series with Sri Lanka. Hales, who has found himself on loan at Worcestershire from Nottinghamshire this season after averaging just 13.94 in County Championship cricket last term, would love to prove he’s more than just a Twenty20 specialist.

“I feel as though I’ve got the rest of the package too,” the powerful right-hander said Sunday. “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’m keen to learn from last year and put it behind me and move on.” With regular Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad injured, England will be led on Tuesday by Middlesex and former Ireland batsman Eoin Morgan in what will be England’s first match against a Test-playing nation since Peter Moores was restored to the role of head coach.

One plus point for Moores, is that Sri Lanka batting greats Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara both retired from this format after the six-wicket World Twenty20 final win over India in Dhaka. But, as if to remind former Sussex wicketkeeper Moores of their enduring aptitude for Twenty20, Sri Lanka thrashed the south coast county by 10 wickets in a tour game on Sunday.

Having held Sussex to 126 for seven, Sri Lanka sprinted to victory in just 9.1 overs with Tillakaratne Dilshan scoring 73 not out off 31 balls, including 16 fours, and Kithuruwan Vithanage an unbeaten 52 off 24 with five sixes. With bowlers of the calibre of Lasith Malinga and Suranga Lakmal, as well as Ajantha Mendis, Sri Lanka remain a well-equipped ‘white ball’ side even without their two batting stars.

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

Photos

Heroes of India's Test wins in England

Videos

Rahul Dravid reflects on India's historic win at Lord's

Afghanistan’s recent victories over Zimbabwe are encouraging for their build-up to ICC World Cup 2015

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Should Ravichandran Ashwin get a look-in?

Physically challenged cricketers aim to bring glory to India

India tour of England 2014: Mohammed Shami has impressed in patches but wickets elude him

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 2 Live Cricket Score: Visitors finish at 98/3 at stumps

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

Railway Protection Force name two puppies after Ishant Shama and Lord’s

South Africa recover from early jolts to reach 98/3 against Sri Lanka at stumps on Day 2

Imran Khan faces Rs 20 billion libel notice

Ravindra Jadeja “unfairly” fined by ICC, says Rajeev Shukla

Ravindra Jadeja fined 50 per cent of match fee: BCCI not happy with verdict

India vs England 3rd Test at Southampton: England must persist with Ben Stokes despite poor form

Misbah-ul-Haq’s hitch at the helm

Growing Up in the 1990s: Cricket

Afghanistan’s recent victories over Zimbabwe are encouraging for their build-up to ICC World Cup 2015

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Should Ravichandran Ashwin get a look-in?

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Vodafone India Q1 revenue up 10 percent at Rs 10,323 crore

South Africa recover from early jolts to reach 98/3 against Sri Lanka at stumps on Day 2

World Hepatitis Day 2014: Key steps to prevent viral hepatitis

World Hepatitis Day 2014: 6 challenges to hepatitis prevention in India

Imran Khan faces Rs 20 billion libel notice

Kaun Banega Crorepati 8: Amitabh Bachchan to shoot a live episode in Surat

Rajesh Khanna’s Aashirwad bungalow sold for Rs 90 crore!

Motorola Moto X+1 pre-production model photos leaked

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here