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England opening batsman Alex Hales lost his place in the Test side after opting out of the national team’s tour of Bangladesh last October.
Since then, Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings have made their presence felt as openers, which has pushed Hales a little lower down the pecking order.
Nonetheless, Hales is not concerned about this since his plans on getting back into the Test side do not revolve around him returning as an opening batsman. In fact, Hales made it clear that he would prefer to make his comeback in the longest format as a middle order batsman.
“I think I’ve been playing a role that isn’t natural to me,” he told the Nottingham Post. “Batting four or five would suit my game more, rather than having to rein it in and be something I’m not.
“Hopefully I’ll have the chance to be a bit more creative and have that extra freedom.
“There was a bit of a cloud over me when I was playing in Tests, I felt. Eleven Test matches isn’t a lot to cement your place and feel comfortable.
“When you are trying to do it and be a player that you’re not, it can be tough work. It’s hard to go out at the top of the order in international cricket and be creative. I struggled with it. Hopefully the middle order will let me be the player I am.”
Even though he has a clear goal in mind, the 28-year-old insisted that he won’t be overly concerned if his future Test aspirations don’t come to fruition as he has established himself as an instrumental member of England’s limited overs squads.
“I fully appreciate the incredible honour of representing your country. When I look back on my career and say I’ve played for my country in three formats, that’s going to be an incredible feeling,” he said. “I’m going to give it a real good go this year. If it’s not to be there’s still three years of very exciting white ball cricket to come with a Champions Trophy, a World Cup and World T20.
“The next period of white ball cricket is as good as it gets for England.”