Alex Hales smashes another century for Nottinghamshire

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Alex Hales smashed yet another century last night for Nottinghamshire in their last Royal London One-Day Cup group match.

The opening batsman scored 104 from just 90 balls in an innings that included 12 fours and three sixes.

Nail-biting finish

However, his team didn't win the game till the very last ball in what was a sensational finish against Warwickshire.

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50-over cricket has come under scrutiny in recent times with people suggesting that there isn't room for it in the game. Test cricket seems safe and 20-over cricket has exploded in popularity all over the world, hence the argument of whether One-Dayers are still of any importance. 

But if anyone has seen some of the Royal London One Day Cup recently, they would wonder what all the moaning is about. 

Incredible chase

Needing 302 to win and knowing that beating the Bears would see them climb to top of the table, the Outlaws were nine wickets down and Luke Fletcher - their number 10 - needed one run off the final ball of the game.

The tail-ender managed to bludgeon a full delivery down the ground for four which sealed a pulsating single wicket win for Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

ODI cricket is far from dead, it would seem.


Hales stands tall at the crease and carries the same presence that a domineering Kevin Pietersen had at the peak of his powers.

At six foot five inches, he is blessed with incredible power and can clear any boundary rope in the world. His strike rate in domestic One-Day cricket is a breezy one-a-ball and in Twenty20s it stands at 139.83, explaining his inclusion into England's T20 squad at the previous World Cup.

In the last three matches Hales has been involved in, he has scored a century in each one. The biggest came against Middlesex in last week's Royal London One-day cup match where he smashed 141 in 96 balls. 

England selection

After his selection for the forthcoming ODI series between England and India, Hales looks set to partner Alastair Cook at the top of the order. 

England have been crying out for someone to unleash themselves in the powerplay overs and now they seem to have found their man.

The Outlaws opener is in blistering form and will be hoping to carry that onto Bristol - the venue of the first game of a five match series.

Indian challenge

For India it must be quite simply win at all costs. Their embarrassing and pitiful 3-1 defeat in the recent Test match series has to be dispelled from their memory. The drafting in of Ravi Shastri and the various changes to their lineup will refresh the sub-continental giants so England will have to be wary. 

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