Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales is set to be crowned county cricket's best-performing young batsman, according to statistics used by his fellow players.

The 22-year-old right-hander has accumulated 382.81 batting points in the Professional Cricketers' Association's Most Valuable Player rankings for batsmen aged under-25.

His 178 runs in the recent game against Warwickshire, in which he carried his bat in the second innings, took him to 1783 in all competitions.

He now needs just 27 more to reach 1,000 for the season in the County Championship, and is more than 50 points better off than his nearest rival, Hampshire's James Vince.

The rankings, sponsored by FTI Consulting, are a statistical benchmark used by the PCA, players and coaches to examine each aspect of a player's game in relation to his peers.

PCA assistant chief executive Jason Ratcliffe said: "Alex has had a fantastic season for Nottinghamshire, as evidenced by his call-up to first the England Lions and then the senior T20 team.

"His performances with the bat have won him praise in dressing rooms around the country and his elevation to the top of these rankings is fully-deserved."

The MVP system, which is now in its fifth year, rewards players for every run scored, every wicket taken and every catch held.

Former England opener Marcus Trescothick currently tops the overall FTI MVP rankings and is on course to win the award for a second time.

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