ICC World T20 2012: Alex Hales half-century helps England post huge total against Australia

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By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Sep 17, 2012

Alex Hales smashed a quick half-century to propel England to 172 for six against Australia in their ICC Twenty20 World Cup warm-up match at the Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo on Monday.

Hales clobbered seven boundaries to score 52, which came off just 38 balls.

Hales added 88 runs for the second wicket with Luke Wright to help England stage a fightback, after Australia pacer Mitchell Starc rocked the English side with the dismissal of Craig Kieswetter early on.

Kieswetter fell for eight, which came off 15 deliveries and one hit to the fence.

Wright played a fluent knock of 35 off 29 balls, which included three boundaries and a six.

Veteran spinner Brad Hogg provided Australia the second breakthrough when he had Wright caught by Cameron White.

After Wright’s dismissal, Eoin Morgan came in to take England forward and scored a quick 30 off 16 balls hitting four boundaries and a six.

Brief Scores: England 172 for 6 from 20 overs (Alex Hales 52, Luke Wright 35, Eoin Morgan 30; Mitchell Starc 2 for 32, Brag Hodd 2 for 29) vs Australia

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