ENG vs AUS 2018: Alex Hales feels he need big runs to reclaim his England spot

Alex Hales has replaced injured Ben Stokes for the series against Australia.

Hales would be eager to make it count against Australia in the third ODI. (Getty)

England batsman, Alex Hales feels he needs to score big runs to regain his spot back in the England ODI squad. Alex Hales who was called to replace injured Ben Stokes has not really found a permanent place in England's ODI team after his involvement in Bristol incident. Currently, the 29-year old batsman is part of England's ODI team for the ongoing bilateral series against Australia.

Hales has already played 62 ODI matches for England at an average of 36. Earlier the player lost his batting position to Jonny Bairstow who has been providing great partnerships up in the order and now Jason Roy who has struck a magnificent century against Australia in the second ODI has also seemingly found back his form. 

After his Bristol episode, the right-hand batsman has only managed to score runs at a moderate average of 27. When talking about reclaiming his place back, Hales said "I've got to try and get my place back," Hales said ahead of the third ODI of the Royal London series in Nottingham. "I guess now I'm in that position where I'm on the fringes and any chance I can get, it's up to me to convert big runs and put some pressure on Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow.

"They have come in and done really well since the West Indies series last September. Jonny's been knocking the door down for a few years now and every time he got a chance, he took it.

"Looking at the way things are now, I'm the one who drops out once Stokes comes back. That's what happened when we went from Australia into the New Zealand series.

"But things can change quickly. It's up to me to use these three games well and try and score as many runs as possible. It's up to me to make sure I can stay in form, stay confident and keeping putting pressure on those two.

"It's absolutely my aim to win back a place in the side ahead of the World Cup. But we have a very strong squad, with some seriously talented players who can't get in it. It's good healthy competition and it keeps everyone on their toes. It keeps everyone striving to improve, which is important." He added.

Alex Hales will be playing on his home ground at Trent Bridge, he has full confidence that he will perform exceptionally well in the third ODI. Earlier in 2016, he recorded his career-best individual ODI performance against Pakistan where he scored 171 runs. 

If I could pick a venue to bat at this would be it, particularly in white-ball cricket," he said. "I'm desperate to score some runs, particularly at my home ground. I'm lucky enough to have a good record here."

"I was disappointed not to get over the line against Scotland," he said. "I got into a good position there and gave it away a little bit. I'm searching for my form a little bit but, in the nets, I've been practising really well.

"I felt I got a really decent ball at Cardiff. Mentally, I feel pretty good and playing at our home ground, where I've got a good record, hopefully I can put in a big performance." Alex Hales concluded.

(Inputs from ESPN)


By Kunal Kataria - 19 Jun, 2018

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