Alex Hales was named the Player of the Match for his unbeaten 86 runs off 47 balls at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, November 10. He was pivotal in the chase against India and helped England seal a final date with Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
His knock comprised four fours and seven maximums, striking at 182.98. He and Jos Buttler stitched together a partnership of 170 runs to take England across the line. They humiliated India, and they defeated them by 10 wickets.
Alex Hales revealed that he never expected to play another World Cup, however, was content with his performance in the T20 World Cup in Australia. In his post-match presentation, he said:
“A huge occasion, really happy with the way I played. I think this is one of the best grounds to bat in in the world. Great value to hit your shots with the short square boundaries, and a ground I have good memories at.”
“I never thought I’d play in a World Cup again, and to get a chance is a special feeling. It’s a country I love playing in. Jos was unbelievable out there,” he added.
Alex Hales put on a show in Adelaide 🎆
— ICC (@ICC) November 10, 2022
Alex Hales makes the most out of the opportunity
In 2019 before the 50-over World Cup, he failed the drug test, which kept him away from the national team for three long years. When the initial squad was announced, he was excluded even though he consistently performed in the leagues around the world.
But an injury to Jonny Bairstow opened a window of opportunity for Hales. He is making maximum use of his chance. He has scored 211 runs in five innings, which includes two half-centuries. Australian conditions aren’t unfamiliar to Hales as he has a wealth of experience playing in the BBL for Sydney Thunder for the last three seasons. He has scored more runs than anyone in the BBL since the previous three editions.
The final world cup clash will be a repeat fixture of the 1992 50-over World Cup, where England will go up against Pakistan.