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English Cricketer Alex Hales Declares Retirement from International Cricket

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English cricketer Alex Hales has announced his decision to retire from international cricket.

At 34, Hales has represented England in 156 matches spanning three different formats, accumulating 5,066 runs and triumphing in the men’s T20 World Cup in November. His last match for England was the decisive five-wicket victory against Pakistan in the final game held in Melbourne.

While he has retired internationally, Hales will continue playing for Nottinghamshire and various T20 franchises. Describing his time with the England team as an “absolute privilege”, he expressed his feelings on Instagram, stating that he had made unforgettable memories and friendships. Hales believes it’s the right time for him to move on.

Hales, who is currently part of Trent Rockets in The Hundred, is anticipated to maintain his regular presence in T20 leagues like Australia’s Big Bash League and the Pakistan Super League.

Regarded as a short-format expert, Hales played a pivotal role in England’s ODI team, particularly notable for his six against Australia at Trent Bridge which helped England set a record for the highest ODI total in 2018.

From 2015 to 2016, he scored 2,419 runs in 70 ODIs and 573 runs in 11 Test matches. However, his tenure with the England team was not without its share of controversy.

In 2017, Hales faced charges from the England and Wales Cricket Board and a subsequent suspension due to an incident outside a Bristol nightclub involving team-mate Ben Stokes. Two years later, a reported failed recreational drug test led to a 21-day ban and his removal from England’s World Cup squad.

Following a three-year hiatus, Hales returned to the national squad in September 2022 as a replacement for the injured Jonny Bairstow.

Reminiscing about his career, Hales expressed gratitude for his journey’s highs and lows. He feels content that his final game for England ended in a World Cup win. Hales is deeply appreciative of the support he received from friends, family, and cricket fans worldwide.

As he looks forward to playing for Notts and in global franchise cricket, England will commence their T20 series against New Zealand starting 30 August, and will defend their World Cup title in the West Indies and the USA next June.

Hales’ retirement may open up opportunities for Lancashire opener Phil Salt and Somerset’s Will Smeed, both praised by 50-over World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan. Salt, who has played in 16 T20s and 14 ODIs and was part of last year’s World Cup-winning team, may be seen opening the batting, while 21-year-old Smeed may also get a chance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Alex Hales retirement

What is Alex Hales’ announcement regarding his cricket career?

Alex Hales has announced his retirement from international cricket but will continue to play in domestic leagues.

How many matches did Alex Hales play for England?

Alex Hales represented England in a total of 156 matches across three formats.

What were some of Alex Hales’ career highlights?

Alex Hales was a crucial part of England’s team that won the T20 World Cup. He also hit a six against Australia at Trent Bridge, helping England achieve the highest ODI total in 2018.

Why was Alex Hales suspended in the past?

Alex Hales faced suspensions due to an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol and later for reportedly failing a recreational drug test.

Who may replace Alex Hales in the England cricket team?

Following Hales’ retirement, it’s likely that opportunities may open up for Lancashire opener Phil Salt and Somerset’s Will Smeed.

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AshesToAshes August 4, 2023 - 3:35 pm

Honestly, England gonna miss him. salt and smeeds got big shoes to fill. Good luck boys.

TrentRocketsFan August 4, 2023 - 5:42 pm

We will miss you Hales in England jersey, but glad you’re still with us at Trent Rockets! Go Rockets!

Sam_Bristle August 4, 2023 - 8:52 pm

so, hales retires huh? he had some controversies but man…when he was on fire, he was untouchable.

DaveCrickFan87 August 4, 2023 - 9:07 pm

Didn’t expect this from Hales! I guess every good thing comes to an end…Enjoy domestic mate!

Jennylovescricket August 4, 2023 - 10:22 pm

Sad to see Hales go, but happy for him…he’s left some solid footprints in the sands of cricket. All the best Alex!

LordsHome August 5, 2023 - 11:12 am

Hales a true entertainer on his day, best wishes for his future in domestic leagues.

BaggyGreen77 August 5, 2023 - 1:25 pm

The big bash won’t be the same without you, mate. but hey you served your country well, enjoy the retirement and keep knocking them around in the domestic circuit.


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