Daily Mail UK – Alex Hales needs only to recall the last one-day international on his home ground for the inspiration he must find to avoid becoming the odd World Cup man out.

Summary

  • Alex Hales needs only to recall the last one-day international on his home ground for the inspiration he must find to avoid becoming the odd World Cup man out.
  • It was at Trent Bridge in 2016 that Hales hammered a then England record 171 against Pakistan and looked certain to open the batting in all white-ball cricket until next year’s 50-over World Cup and beyond.
  • ‘I’m in a position where I’m on the fringes and have to take any chance I get to put pressure on’ said Hales ahead of a third international where England can wrap up another series victory.
  • England will never have a better chance to not only defeat Australia but inflict a first ever 5-0 one-day whitewash on a team who have lost 13 of their last 15 50-over games to slip to sixth in the world rankings, their worst for 34 years.
  • One player England desperately need back firing in time for the World Cup is Chris Woakes who was yesterday ruled out until at least next month’s one-day series against India with a ‘chronic’ knee injury as well as the torn thigh he suffered in the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley.


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