Hales hopes ODI form will help keep Test place

Defending champion Isner and Kyrgios through to Miami Open third round

England opener Alex Hales is hoping his good form in 50-over cricket will convince the selectors that he deserves another chance to prove his worth as a Test player after an underwhelming series with the bat in South Africa.

The right-handed Hales made his debut in the longest format in the recently completed four-match series against the Proteas which England won two-one.

The 27 year-old however only scored 136 runs in eight innings, including one half-century, but has returned to form with scores of 57 and 99 as the tourists have won the first two games in the ongoing five-match ODI series.

Hales said: "I did have some questions to answer coming into this series, but I've felt in good touch since we switched to the white ball.  

"I hope if I can keep this good form going, take it into the Twenty20s and World Cup, I can keep going into the five-day arena into the summer.

"Obviously, on a personal note, it didn't go to plan. I've still got a lot to learn … but it was something I really enjoyed, and I was really proud to be part of a winning series.

"Coming here and beating the number one team in the world was a very proud effort. A couple of times, I was caught in two minds about whether to defend or attack, particularly outside off-stump.

"That's something I have to go back and work on in the nets. But at the same time it was a great learning curve, and a great place to come and play my first Test series in a really tough environment."

Comments