Date of birth – 3 January 1989 Hillingdon, Middlesex
Nottinghamshire First-Class Debut – 3 September 2008 v Somerset (Trent Bridge)
No Englishman has scored as many runs in T20 cricket as Alex Hales.
The tall, hard-hitting right-hander has long since passed the 10,000-run milestone as he tours the world plundering bowlers in all of the leading franchise competitions. As 2023 began, he sat in seventh spot on the all-time list of run-scorers, just behind David Warner and Aaron Finch.
Having joined Notts from the MCC Young Cricketers and enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks after making his debut in 2008, Hales is now a white-ball specialist for his adopted county.
His first full season in the side ended with the Green and Golds dramatically winning the 2010 County Championship title and, a year later, he earned his first full England cap when he was picked in the T20 side for a home series against India.
He was the first England player to score a century in that format, hitting an unbeaten 116 against Sri Lanka in 2014 and securing number one ranking in the world as a result. He would later secure the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
A natural progression into the England ODI side followed and Hales has so far delivered six centuries at that level, including a best of 171 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in 2016.
The Hillingdon-born opener completed the full set of international appearances by winning the first of his 11 Test caps against South Africa in Durban on Boxing Day 2015. He scored five red-ball half-centuries for the Three Lions, with a best of 94 against Sri Lanka.
In county colours, Hales’ powerful stroke-play and clean ball-hitting have played a significant role in the winning of four white-ball titles.
No one has scored more T20 runs for Notts, and he played a pivotal hand in their two Finals Day triumphs of 2017 and 2020, as well as helping lift the Yorkshire Bank 40 crown at Lord’s in 2013.
Arguably his most impressive knock, however, came at the Home of Cricket in the Royal London competition of 2017, where he dismantled the Surrey attack, contributing an undefeated 187 to clinch the trophy.