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England batsman Alex Hales has revealed that he identified himself as a pace bowler at the age of 16 before transforming himself into a batsman.
Hales recalled the time when he decided to become a batsman, saying it happened at a Cricket Idol T20 tournament at Lord’s in 2005.
He had gone there as a seamer, but after hammering 55 runs in an over, which included three no-balls, eight sixes and a four, he knew that he had some serious talent with the bat.
It was from there that the 29-year-old began his journey as a batsman, and he has now established himself as one of the most talented big-hitters in the game.
“It was a tournament meant to showcase your talent,” he told Gulf News. “I was there as a fast bowler at that time but that knock was the catalyst to move towards batting. So I will say that was a big turning point.”