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England's lions giving selectors something to think about

Alex Hales makes selectors sit up and take note after scoring century against Sri Lanka A. (©GettyImages)
Alex Hales makes selectors sit up and take note after scoring century against Sri Lanka A. (©GettyImages).

Alex Hales struck a powerful century against the Sri Lankan A side to help guide the England Lions to a 51 run victory.

It was a timely reminder to the selectors that he is a player capable of thriving in 50-over cricket for his country.

Debut

He has, rather shockingly, not yet been given this chance, even though he is England's highest ranked Twenty20 player and sole century-maker in the shortened format. He has upped his game in county cricket this year, making it inevitable that he will soon wear the light blue of England in an ODI.

Just like Jos Buttler’s inclusion in the Test team, the addition of Hales to England’s 50-over side would excite the fans and start to eradicate the view that they are a drab side.

Destructive
 
This summer should also see Jason Roy given the chance to turn out for England in the Twenty20 International against India at Edgbaston. He has been the best player in the domestic T20 competition consistently playing brutal knocks. Surrey have reached Finals Day this year with him as their key batsman, not Pietersen or Dilshan, the perceived stars and big-hitters of this county side.

Form

To see Roy score such a destructive half century yesterday was no surprise to anyone who has witnessed him play a T20 this summer.
 
Based on performances by both men over the summer, they deserve to play against
India. Hales, in particular, should be given the opportunity to play in all remaining limited overs matches.

With the World Cup to be played next year, England would be unwise to ignore either player.

Topics:
ODI World Cup
Cricket
Kevin Pietersen
T20
England cricket

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