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England opening batsman Alex Hales has announced that he is frustrated by the fact that everyone sees him as a Twenty20 specialist.
Hales believes he has the ability to have a bigger impact for England in all formats instead of just the shortest format of the game.
With England set to take on Sri Lanka, Hales noted that this was his opportunity to get noticed and perhaps even earn himself a place in the country’s World Cup squad.
When asked if it was irritating to simply be known as a Twenty20 specialist, Hales said: “A little bit, yes, and I think it’s a little bit harsh. Up until last year, when I had a shocker with the red ball, I’d averaged 40 opening at Trent Bridge which is not a bad record at all.
“I’m keen to learn from last year and move on, I think it’s too early to be pigeon-holed as a T20 player. I am working hard on other aspects of the game. I feel if they gave me a chance this summer I’d be ready for it. I’ve seen a lot of Sri Lanka and seen a bit of India and feel I’d be ready if the chance came along.”
However, Hales has been been struggling in the County Championship this year and his record in 2013 proves that this is no one time occurrence as he averaged just 13.94 against the red ball.
“The stuff so far has all been red-ball cricket and it has been a little of everything for me – batting at No. 6, then off on loan to Worcester batting at No. 4, then opening last week,” he said. “So I haven’t really had chance to knuckle down with the red-ball stuff. That’s been the story of the season so far, dealing with that frustration.”
Hales added that he has to start scoring more runs for Nottinghamshire if he wants to have any chance of going to Australia and New Zealand to represent England in the World Cup next year.
“In England you do get some seam movement, so you do need some form of solid technique opening up, but with the World Cup being in Australia on pretty flat pitches if I score my runs for Nottinghamshire I think that will be pivotal when it comes to selection in the winter,” he said.