England cricket team has faced a major blow prior to the start of the 1st ODI game against India at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Alex Hales, the destructive England opener, who was expected to be a nightmare for the Indian bowling unit, has suffered an injury to his side which has led to his exit from the England unit for the 1st contest.
Even his best of 171 came against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, the same ground where his team would be eyeing to draw the first blood against the Men in Blue in the ODI series.
Just a month ago, Alex Hales had been one of the key figures behind England’s smacking world record total of 481-6 against the Australian unit, which included his knock of 147 of mere 92 deliveries with 16 fours and 5 sixes. Phew!
Hales in the recently concluded T20i contest
He displayed some terrific piece of cricket while notching up a well deserved 58 of 41 deliveries to take his side to victory in the 2nd game at Cardiff. Without his presence in the middle, perhaps England would have suffered a whitewash defeat at the hands of Kohli’s men.
Lost his place to whom?
He was already in a tussle for his position into the team, with the seemingly fit English all-rounder Ben Stokes, and now has finally lost out his place in the team battle to a debutant. Dawid Malan, the 30-year-old cricketer has been brought as a replacement for the swash-buckling cricketer.
Till date, Malan has played 14 test matches and 5 T20is since his debut for the England team last year.
Is Alex Hales a bright prospect for England?
In the 65 ODI games that he has been played for the England team, Hales has managed to amass only 2302 runs, with 6 hundreds and 13 fifties, that too with a not-so-extravagant average of 38.36, which is quite a shocker, considering his abiltiy, technique and finesse to build up long innings. Once set, he could decimate the entire opposition bowling unit regardless of their skill and expertise in the game.
His comparisons are generally made with the Indian opener Rohit Sharma, who at one stage, too possessed similar numbers. The Indian Hitman’s career saw an upward surge following Dhoni’s decision of promoting him up the innings. Same could be expected for Alex Hales in a year or two’s interval. Let’s see if he is able to make a comeback to the team for the 2nd game.