Alex Hales has no hard feelings on World Cup snub

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Alex Hales


The hard hitting England opener Alex Hales has no hard feelings against England for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and is now focused on to do well in T20 leagues.

The opener is eyeing comeback into the squad for the T20 World Cup next year in October by doing well in T20 leagues.

“That’s one of my aims – that T20 World Cup,” said Hales on Tuesday (May 22).. “I’m going to go through the process and hopefully score some runs in these tournaments and see how we go – just enjoy my cricket.”

Hales was dropped from the World Cup squad after he failed a recreational drug test. However, the England opener remains firmly behind his team for the World Cup. “I’m still a fan and wish all the boys the best,” he said on Tuesday (May 22). “What we’ve done over the last few years has been unbelievable so the guys deserve to win it and I’ll be sat there watching and cheering.

“There’s obviously a process to go through. I think once I start playing again the next 12 months are going to be really busy so I’m going to enjoy a mixture of some downtime and then start getting prepared for the Blast.

“I keep myself fit. I’ve got my gym programme, I’m still contracted to the ECB, so I’ve got my gym programmes and nutrition stuff. There’s training available – I live two minutes from Trent Bridge if I ever need to practise. I quite enjoy the responsibility of having my own choice of when I want to train or go to the gym.” Hales adds

Hales was picked up by Barbados Tridents for the 2019 CPL auction. Speaking post the draft, Hales said: “It’s good responsibility and good for learning as an overseas player – there’s probably a bit more pressure on you to perform. That’s something I enjoy. I’ve played a lot of cricket for England now. That side of the game, the pressure, is something I really enjoy and have learned to adapt and get used to,

“I just want to get back playing what I love most and that’s cricket so this is such a good opportunity to go and play at a ground where I’ve got some fond memories – the Kensington Oval – and go and play in such a big tournament in some different conditions. I’m really looking forward to getting back out there.”

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