Alex Hales’ one-day career had struggled to achieve lift-off for a variety of reasons, so his maiden century was a key moment for someone earmarked for other roles in the near future as well.
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It has been a year since England embarked on a one-day tour to Sri Lanka in which they hoped to build some confidence and stability ahead of the World Cup. As history shows that did not go too well. Alastair Cook, the captain for that trip, was stripped of the job on his return with Eoin Morgan hastily handed the reins, various plans were ripped up and redrawn and then the World Cup itself was a disaster: a group stage exit.
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Hales century guides England home cricket
That Sri Lanka tour was pretty forgettable for Alex Hales. He played three matches and made just 34 runs as England continually scratched their heads about what to do at the top of the order. Even when Cook made way, it was not Hales who earned a promotion. Ian Bell opened alongside Moeen Ali at the World Cup until England were faced with a must-win match against Bangladesh where upon it was ‘over to you Alex’.
Alex Hales’s first one-day international century leads England
He made 27 in the game in Adelaide where England crashed out and 37 in a rain-ruined miserable affair against Afghanistan in Sydney before the squad slunked home. The team had bottomed out and since then the rebuilding has been impressive with a series win against New Zealand, a hard-fought 3-2 loss against Australia, and now a further sign in their development with the series-levelling victory in Abu Dhabi.