Hales: I'm Ready To Step Up

Featured News | 20th August 2014

Alex Hales is set to make his One Day International debut at last after being named in the England squad for the upcoming games against India.

The opener has been in blistering form with centuries in his last two Nottinghamshire games to earn a widely anticipated call-up, along with Notts left-armer Harry Gurney, but there is no place for England Lions captain James Taylor.

Hales said: "I've said before this would be a big two or three weeks in my whole career. I've worked hard and the rewards have come. 

"Hopefully the selection works out and I'll be ready for it. I've played 30 odd games of T20 and played in two T20 World Cups for England. 

"I don't think the big stage will be anything new to me. It will be about seeing if my temperament and technique holds up.

"I feel I've shown I'm ready for the step up. I've been in great form in the 50-over cricket. 

"With the fielding restrictions and two new balls if you play tightly up top you can do well. I feel I've got the shots to take the game away from the opposition.

"You've got to give yourself a chance though and that's something I've learned this year." 

Hales was on standby for the series against Sri Lanka earlier this summer, but this is the first time he has been in the initial squad. He has already set his sights on a place in this winter's World Cup.

England play five ODIs against India starting next Monday at Bristol. Hales could play in front of his home crowd as the third game in the series is at Trent Bridge on Saturday, August 30.

There is, though, no place for Notts seamer and England star Stuart Broad, who is due to see a specialist this week to assess what to do about his long-term knee injury ahead of surgery.

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