Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales says he is looking forward to getting back playing for his county after a frustrating winter,
The 26-year-old recently returned to the UK from the ICC Cricket World Cup where he featured in the final two group matches of England’s unsuccessful campaign.
And while Hales hopes to keep his place in the national team for the Royal London One Day Internationals versus New Zealand and Australia this summer, the number one item on his current agenda is scoring runs for his county.
“I had a few games in Sri Lanka where I didn’t do very well and - looking back on the World Cup - it was frustrating,” he said.
“I was desperate to be a part of it and to have an influence in a positive way on the tournament.
“Ever since I made my debut I have wanted to anchor down a spot at the top of the order in that team and sitting on the benches is always a tough time.
“Looking back it gave me a chance to work on my game, work on some technical things and work on my fitness.
“And when my chance did come, against Bangladesh, I’m just disappointed I couldn’t take it properly.
“I’ve played nine games now and haven’t scored a fifty. I’m desperate to prove that I can anchor that role at the top of the order.
“Hopefully, if I get a shot at it in the summer against good opposition, I can show that I’m ready.
“It’s going to start here at Notts, performing well in four day cricket,” the right-hander continued.
“I’m really looking forward to four day cricket. Not having to go out there and whack it from ball one will be quite refreshing.
“If you look around our squad, I think we’ve got all bases covered. We’re looking to challenge in all three formats. It’s an exciting season for us.”
Should Hales retain his England place for the 50-over format, the former Buckinghamshire man will face a difficult challenge at the top of the order against the World Cup finalists.