The winner of the T20 World Cup has decided to concentrate on a career in franchise leagues. Alex Hales, 34 years old, has declared his immediate retirement from international cricket. After playing his final game for England in their five-wicket victory over Pakistan at the MCG in November of last year. He retires as a T20 World Cup champion.
Hales has been discussing the trade-offs between his bilateral responsibilities and his franchise contracts with England’s management on a semi-regular basis for the past nine months. He’s retiring from the national team, but he’s still available for short-form leagues throughout the world.
Being able to represent England is a tremendous honor
Hales said, “It has been an absolute privilege to have represented my country on 156 occasions across all three formats. In a statement that ESPN Cricinfo saw before publication. I’ve formed friendships and memories that will last a lifetime, so I believe the time is appropriate to move on.
“During my time wearing the England jersey, I’ve encountered some of the highest highs and the lowest lows. It has been an incredible voyage, and I am extremely satisfied that my final game for England was a World Cup victory.”
Hales opted out of England’s T20I series in Bangladesh earlier this year in order to fulfill a PSL contract. He will confront a further conflict of commitments later this month. He is negotiating a replacement contract with a CPL franchise. Which would have prevented him from playing in England’s home T20I series against New Zealand.
Rise of England Cricket
Although England is becoming more at ease with white-ball players choosing to skip bilateral series, Hales’ future was something that he was pondering due to frequent conflicts. He recently revealed this to England’s managing director of men’s cricket, Rob Key. That he was thinking about retiring from international play, and he confirmed that choice on Thursday night.
Hales wasn’t seriously considered for this year’s World Cup since it had been four years since his last 50-over cricket match, but he would have been for England’s T20 championship defense in the Caribbean and the US the following year. As a result, players like Will Jacks and Phil Salt will have more opportunities now that he has retired.
Alex Hales Comeback in September
Due to Jonny Bairstow’s fractured leg, which kept him out of the World Cup. Alex Hales surprisingly returned to England last September after being gone for three years. During their tours of Pakistan and Australia as well as the T20 World Cup. He participated in 15 T20 Internationals, averaging 30.71 with a strike rate of 145.27.
Hales made crucial scores of 52 and 47 in England’s final two group games against NZ and SL, respectively. He then hammered India for 86 not out in England’s 10-wicket semi-final defeat in Adelaide. Which he afterwards called “one of the best days of my career.”
Shaheen’s inswinger bowled him out for 1 on the first ball of the championship match. However, England still managed to win by five wickets with an over left to play. Hales and his teammates celebrated in front of their out-of-town fans, who included members of Alex Hales family who made the trip to Melbourne to watch the game.
After being cut from England’s selection for the 2019 50-over World Cup. He thought he’d never get the chance to raise a worldwide trophy with his country. Hales withdrew a month before the tournament began when news of a failed recreational drug test became public.
Eoin Morgan on Alex Hales’s trust issue
Hales watched England lift the trophy from his sofa and never played for England again. While Eoin Morgan was captain. He remarked that Alex Hales’s discovery of the news through the media showed “a complete breakdown in trust” between Hales and his teammates.
In 2015, when Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss began their white-ball revolution. Alex Hales was an integral part of England’s rise from short-form laggards to the game’s cutting edge as half of a devastating opening tandem with Jason Roy.
He scored 171, which at the time was an ODI record for England and that Robin Smith had previously held against Pakistan in 2016 at Trent Bridge. His batting efforts helped England reach 444 for 3 against Australia. A record that would stand until two years later, when Hales scored 147 of their 481 for 6 in the same stadium.
After losing his starting spot following the street fight outside a Bristol nightclub in which Ben Stokes also participated, Hales was relegated to the role of England’s backup batter. Roy was returned when his ECB ban ended. And he and Bairstow had a terrific opening pair. Roy was not accused of any criminal wrongdoing.
Alex Hales Career
Hales played 11 Tests for England between 2015 and 2016. As the team tried to settle on an opening partner for Alastair Cook. Five half-centuries and an average of 27.28 didn’t save him from being cut from the team before the 2016–17 winter tours, and he eventually gave up red-ball cricket before the 2018 county season.
“Throughout the ups and downs, I’ve always felt a huge amount of support from my friends, family, and undoubtedly the best fans in world cricket,” Hales said in his statement. In the future, “I look forward to continuing to play for Notts and experiencing more franchise cricket around the world.”
One of just three individuals to score over 2000 T20I runs for England. Hales concludes his career with 2419 ODI runs at 37.79, including six hundreds. His only T20I century came against a Sri Lankan team that included Mendis and Lasith Malinga at the 2014 World T20.