‘I am almost glad that the door shut on me in the IPL’, says Alex Hales

"Had I gone to India it would have all been T20 and whacking the ball rather than ­technique and building and compiling innings"

“Had I gone to India it would have all been T20 and whacking the ball rather than ­technique and building and compiling innings”

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England opening batsman Alex Hales has announced that he is “almost glad that the door shut on me in the IPL” since it has helped him earn his maiden call-up to England’s ODI squad.

In 2013, Nottinghamshire, which is the county Hales plays for, refused to allow him to participate in the IPL since they wanted him to focus on the county season.

“Had I got picked up in the IPL who knows whether we would have been having this conversation now,” Hales told The Daily Telegraph. “I am almost glad that the door shut on me in the IPL and it has given me the chance to work hard on my four-day game. Had I gone to India it would have all been T20 and whacking the ball rather than ­technique and building and compiling innings.

“After the Big Bash, I had a lot of time away to think about four-day cricket and discover that hunger for runs again and building an innings and working hard on my technique. I’m really happy that I have reaped the rewards this year.”

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