Alex Hales & Paul Collingwood celebrate England T20 win with Facebook 'selfie'

Published Add your comment

Football News

Alex Hales, match-winner for England in their T20 World Cup clash against Sri Lanka earlier today (Thursday), was collared for a Facebook 'selfie' by England number two Paul Collingwood in the aftermath of victory.

The Nottinghamshire opener struck an unbeaten century for his country in Bangladesh, propelling England back into contention in Group 1.

Chasing down 190 to win, Hales rebuilt the innings alongside Eoin Morgan after seeing his side fall to 0/2. He finished on 116 from 64 balls, whilst Ravi Bopara's cameo 11 at the death helped England to victory with four balls to spare.

Collingwood, who is working alongside Ashley Giles as part of the coaching team on the tour, knows a thing or two about winning big T20 internationals, having guided England to World glory as captain in 2010.

And, he was understandably thrilled with Hales' performance, admitting the 25-year-old can bat a bit - although needs some practice away from the crease and on the ping pong table.

"This guy can bat but he still needs a bit of practise at table tennis! Well done you Loon! #WT20 #AlexHales," he wrote alongside the photo on Facebook.

The assistant coach has been receiving some high-profile backing since taking the role, with another former captain - Michael Vaughan - backing 'Colly' to make an impact alongside Giles.

Improving morale and spirit was one of the key remits for the Durham-man, and this changing room photo with the man of the moment suggests the players are behind the veteran.

"People talk about him being the mascot for the side and just a fun character but that’s not fair. Paul has a fantastic cricket brain and a real nous for the game, and that’s exactly what this England side need," Vaughan told the MCC website at the start of the month.

"Paul came up with some great strategies as England captain when they won the World T20 four years ago."

Collingwood will hope to continue making a positive impact when England face South Africa in their next group game, on March 26th.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

T20 World Cup
England cricket

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again