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Alex Hales from England announces retirement from International Cricket

Alex Hales has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, at the age of 34. He signs off from his England career as a T20 World Cup winner, having played his last game in their five-wicket win over Pakistan at the MCG in November last year. Hales, aged 34, was one of the leading figures of England’s change in approach to white ball cricket under Eoin Morgan after the 2015 World Cup. He was also a key figure in them winning the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Career of Alex Hales

  • Hales played 11 Test matches, 70 ODIs and 75 T20Is, having made his international debut in a T20 match against India in Manchester in August 2011. He was dropped from England’s 2019 ODI World Cup squad, and exiled from international cricket for three years thereafter, after news of a failed recreational drugs test broke a month before the tournament and spent nearly three years in exile.
  • Hales scored 2419 runs at an average of 37.79 and a strike rate of 95.72 in 70 ODI matches. He scored 2074 runs at a strike rate of 138.35 and average of 30.95 in 75 T20Is. Hales last played an ODI match in March 2019 and was not in contention to play in the World Cup later this year.
  • Hales was also one of many candidates that England tried to out to find a suitable opening partner for Alastair Cook after Andrew Strauss’s retirement. He played 11 Tests between 2015 and 2016, scoring five half centuries and 27.28. He was dropped ahead of England’s 2016/17 winter tours. Hales’ last County game was in September 2017 after which he quit red-ball cricket.

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