Notts Outlaws batsman Alex Hales has targeted a return to Lord’s as Notts Outlaws prepare to launch the defence of their one-day crown, albeit in a new guise.

The Royal London One-Day Cup was launched at Trent Bridge this afternoon with much made of the return of 50-over cricket in a move designed to mirror the international format.

“Winning the final at Lord’s last season was one of the highlights of my career and we certainly feel that we are defending a title despite the change in format,” said Hales.

“Two new white balls and fielding restrictions give the competition a new life and the batsmen will certainly appreciate the extra ten overs to build an innings.

“The World Cup isn’t too far away and there are a lot of county cricketers with serious ambitions to get on that plane, myself included.”

Trent Bridge officials have reduced all tickets to £1 for the Outlaws’ Royal London One-Day Cup match against Surrey on Sunday 10 August while Nottingham Post readers will be able to secure a free family ticket for the floodlit match against Kent on Friday 8 August in a promotion to be launched next week.

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