Date of birth – 3 January 1989 Hillingdon, Middx

Nottinghamshire First Class Debut – 3 September 2008 v Somerset (h)

Alex Hales has continued to make huge strides over the past twelve months and has now developed into one of the hottest properties in world cricket.

His prowess at the top of the order has been a treat for Nottinghamshire fans over the past three years but his blistering 99 in a t20 international, batting for England against the West Indies, gave further proof that he is comfortable at the highest level.

Fittingly that knock was achieved on his home ground at Trent Bridge but Alex is now becoming a global name and was whisked across to Australia this past winter to play for the Melbourne Renegades in the closing stages of the Big Bash.

A stunning 89, from 52 balls, came on debut just hours after stepping off the flight from the UK. The tall right-hander, who began as an MCC Young Cricketer, yearns to play for England in the longer formats but is currently viewed as something of a t20 specialist and opened the batting for his country in the 2012 ICC World t20.

At county level Alex was a championship winner in 2010 and helped the Outlaws to the t20 Finals Day the same year.

His highest first class score of 184 came against Somerset in 2011 and his progress from the England Lions squad into the full England t20 ranks soon followed.

Any further development from the explosive opener may well guarantee successful summers for both Nottinghamshire and England.