Although a certainty in England’s Twenty20 side, Alex Hales is yet to establish himself in One-Day internationals © Getty images

Nov 24, 2014

In what came as a surprise to one and all England decided to sit out opener Alex Hales in the first practice game of their tour of Sri Lanka. Instead, the role was carried out by the combination of captain Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali.

Hales refuted suggestions that he is a one dimensional player or a Twenty20 specialist and the batsman is confident that his opportunity will come in due course. According to, Hales was quoted saying; “My belief and confidence are high. I know what I can do when I go out to bat. It’s just transferring the runs from T20 into 50 overs.”

“I would love to play in the World Cup in a few months’ time but I have to earn the right to be selected. That’s my goal. I have always been known as a bit of a dasher, a 20-over specialist but I’ve shown this year that my game is about more than that. My four-day form is back after a bad year,” said The batsman.

“I feel good both mentally and physically. I feel the bad stuff is all behind me and I can start producing. There is much more to my game than just making quick runs and being aggressive. I am not just a slogger who can do well in the shortest form of the game. I can also build an innings and adapt my game to any situation,” also added the opener.