Alex Hales's fearless and match-winning performances in an England shirt to date have been causing quite a stir. Yesterday's 101 from just 105 balls for the England Lions was just another example of his imperious abilities at the crease.
England's middle order, before their mauling of India in the last test match at the Ageas Bowl, was criticised for not having enough aggressive batsmen who can take the game away from their opposition - a gap clearly left by the omission of Kevin Pietersen.
Maybe England have found the answer. His place in the one day squad should be a formality but perhaps there is a position available in the test team for the destructive Nottinghamshire batsman.
Out of England's current top six Sam Robson looks at the moment to be struggling the most. In nine innings at the crease, the Australian-born opening batsman has only a single hundred to his name at an average of 32.55.
To include Hales in this lineup would require a rejig, considering that if he does replace Robson it is very unlikely that he will be thrown into the test match arena and open the batting straight away. Gary Ballance's form suggests he could open and the more experienced Joe Root could slot in at three.
England's top seven could look something like this: Cook, Ballance, Root, Bell, Moeen, Hales and Buttler moving Moeen Ali up to five allowing Hales to come in with the pressure slightly off and release his shoulders - something he is becoming renowned for.
Alex Hales is becoming a specialist of the short-form game. In 32 T20 matches the Notts batsman has already smashed over 1000 runs at a strike rate of 137.73 with some exceptional performances.
One innings of his that automatically springs to mind was the 116 not out he hit during the last T20 World Cup against Sri Lanka, a display that ultimately decided that specific game.
In January 2013 he played his first game for Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash League - a Twenty20 competition. Hales bombed 89 from a measly 52 balls during that match smashing seven sixes which his side won.
Despite his obvious credentials as a limited overs player, Hales has played a lot of first class cricket for his county this year and should be considered for all forms of the game.
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