New Indian Express – LONDON: Alex Hales announced today he is turning his back on Test cricket after signing a new limited-overs contract with county side Nottinghamshire following a similar decision by England team-mate Adil Rashid.

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  • LONDON: Alex Hales announced today he is turning his back on Test cricket after signing a new limited-overs contract with county side Nottinghamshire following a similar decision by England team-mate Adil Rashid.
  • Rashid last week said he intended to focus solely on shorter, white-ball cricket for Yorkshire this season and Hales has penned a deal until the end of the 2019 season that will see him feature only in 50-over and 20-over formats of the game.
  • Haless decision is likely to strengthen fears that Englands top limited-overs internationals could abandon first class, or red-ball, cricket, which includes five-day Test matches, in favour of playing in lucrative domestic Twenty20 competitions around the world.
  • “For the next 18 months Im excited to focus entirely on limited overs cricket and want to be part of a Notts team that retains the white ball double and a World Cup winning squad with England,” he said in a statement on Twitter.
  • “Alex is entitled to make himself available for whatever format he wants to play, and we respect his decision,” said Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell.


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