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Hales, who had first signed a white-ball contract only in 2018, will now stay with the side till the end of 2021 season having joined in 2008. @ AFP

Alex Hales has extended his white-ball contract with Nottinghamshire, the England batsman confirmed on Monday. Hales, who had first signed a white-ball contract only in 2018, will now stay with the side till the end of 2021 season having joined in 2008.

“Notts is like home to me now. I couldn’t really envisage playing anywhere else,” Hales said.

“I’ve made some great memories here already and hopefully there’s many more to come. Being able to call Trent Bridge my home ground always has been something special, and it’s something none of us take for granted.

“After a tough start to the summer, everyone at the club has been brilliant with me. I want to repay the faith they have shown and that will continue to be my aim for at least the next two years. We have a young and exciting squad that I feel privileged to be part of. I’m an experienced member of that squad now and that’s the role I’m looking to fulfil.”

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It’s been a difficult year for Hales, who was dropped from all England squads ahead of the international season, including the World Cup squad, after he failed the drug test.

Mick Newell, the Director of Cricket, elaborated on what made the club had to offer him a contract extension. “Alex is a highly sought-after white-ball cricketer right across the world,” he said.

“He has delivered a number of match-winning performances for us down the years and we’re looking for that to continue. His commitment to Notts since returning to our dressing room has been exactly what we said it needed to be.

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“He’s now one of the more experienced members of a predominantly youthful squad. He’s already passing on his knowledge and experience to other players and that’s what we want him to be doing. He’s a popular figure among our squad and it’s a timely boost for everybody that he’s chosen to extend his stay at Trent Bridge.”

Nottinghamshire will next face Middlesex in a home quarterfinal on September 5.