Alex Hales is looking forward to playing for England following his exploits against India.-‘I never thought I’d play in a World Cup again’. Alex Hales was award match winner for his spectacular onslaught that carried his team to the final.
Pre-tournament favorites England played up to their reputation. By thrashing India in Adelaide’s second semi-final by a margin of 10 wickets. The opening pair of Jos Buttler and Alex Hales put the Indian bowlers to the test throughout their record-breaking partnership. Hales was name the game’s MVP for his astonishing assault. And expressed his happiness at having the opportunity to represent his country in a World Cup.
Before his career took a turn for the worst due to a “failed drug test” in the run-up to the 2019 World Cup, the tall, strong opening hitter was one of the cornerstones of the English white-ball side. Hales spent the previous three years in complete obscurity until being choose for the T20 World Cup as a result of Jonny Bairstow’s tragic injury.
The Englishman, who is the leading run scorer in BBL 2020–21, has a plethora of experience batting in Australian conditions. In the semifinal match, he made excellent use of those excursions by smashing an undefeated 86 runs off only 47 deliveries. He expressed his satisfaction with his performance in the crucial match and said that, following the 2019 disaster, he didn’t think he would ever again play for the team in World Cup matches.
“A huge occasion, really happy with the way I played. I think this is one of the best grounds to bat in in the world. Great value to hit your shots with the short square boundaries, and a ground I have good memories at. I never thought I’d play in a World Cup again, and to get a chance is a special feeling. It’s a country I love playing in. Jos was unbelievable out there,”Hales said.
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Against India, Hales and Buttler achieved a record-breaking partnership.
One of the most lopsided run chases in T20 World Cup history was successfully completed by Alex Hales and Jos Buttler with four overs left as they beat India’s 169-run target. Without taking a wicket, they succeeded. Their 170-run stand for the opening wicket is also the biggest partnership ever in a World Cup match.
England will now play Pakistan in the championship game at the prestigious Melbourne Cricket Ground, a replay of the 1992 World Cup final between the two sides at the same venue (MCG).
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