Mixed emotions for Hales after England win

June 25, 2012 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

Alex Hales revealed his disappointment after missing out on becoming the first England batsman to record an international Twenty20 century.

The Nottinghamshire opener scored 99 on his home ground as England beat the West Indies by seven wickets at Trent Bridge. He was denied a well-deserved ton when he was castled by Ravi Rampaul in the penultimate over.

“I am not going to lie – I’m devastated to miss out on a hundred,” Hales said.

“I am also disappointed not to see the team over the line, though I am happy the guys managed to do so at the end.”

The hosts were set a challenging 173 to win after losing a grip on the game in the latter stages of the Windies innings, with some punters betting on sports suggesting that sloppiness may cost them.

The tourists were 109-4 at the end of the 16th over but an explosive 54 from Dwayne Bravo and a quickfire 23 from Keiron Pollard helped them to a competitive total.

Hales and Ravi Bopara responded in positive fashion following the early loss of Craig Kieswetter, taking England to within four runs of victory with an excellent 159-run partnership.

Hales fell one short of his maiden T20 century, while Bopara also went for 59 in the final over. Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler took England home.

Hales is not taking his place in the England side for granted, despite his match-winning innings.

“I am not resting on my laurels – I still have to put in the performances for Notts, and hope that I get a chance for England,” he added.

“I had to come out and do as well here as I have done for Notts. I back myself and hope it pays off. Today it did.”

England are building towards the defence of their World T20 title in Sri Lanka in September and will be pleased with their encouraging results and scores in the shortest form of the game.


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