Alex Hales replied superbly to a fan yesterday on Twitter when he was asked why he wasn't opening for England.
The fan asked "why on earth are you not opening for the England Test side now?".
To which, Hales responded "because I averaged 27 and now bat at number 5," to the amusement of cricket fans on Twitter, including James Taylor who replied with a couple of smiley faces.
Yet, one has to wonder that the fan might have a point about Hales.
He has been in terrific form recently. Just two weeks ago he hit almost a run a ball double hundred in the Country Championship against Derbyshire.
While Hales has had his chance at the top of the order for England at Test match level, he failed to find his form and often was criticised for not finding the right rhythm and pace to his innings.
Hales played 11 Tests, and averaged a poor 27.29 while making five 50s with a top score of 94 against Sri Lanka. Yet, he chose not to go to Bangladesh and has been out of the side ever since.
While he continues to excel in the shorter formats of the game having had success both domestically and internationally.
Hales hit a record breaking 187 not out in the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup final. Hales has also hit a century in this year's NatWest T20 Blast, where Notts have topped the North Group and will now have a home quarter-final.
You can see the Twitter interaction below.
Many people along with this fan have called for Hales to come back into the England team, with problems at 1,3, and 5 in the batting line up.
Alastair Cook is still on the search for an opening partner, and Tom Westley and Dawid Malan are yet to fully nail down their spot in the side.
All Hales can do now is continue to make the big scores in the County Championship, and he may find his way on the plane Down Under this winter for the Ashes.
With England claiming they're settled with the balance of their side, Hales can press on and make that number 5 spot his own.
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