Alex Hales thinks England can win their second World T20 title in India in March/April and can build on the progress they’ve made in the one-day arena.
The right-handed opening batsman, who top scored with 112 in the deciding One-Day International in Cape Town, was the highest run scorer in the series. His 383 runs in five innings came at an average of 76.60 as England lost the final three matches to lose the series 3:2.
Despite the ODI defeats in South Africa Hales is gearing up for the T20 tour finales with the confidence that the momentum England have built in one-day cricket had not been lost and triumph at the World T20 is within England’s grasp.
“I don’t see why not,” he told SkySports News. “It’s definitely the best side I’ve been involved with in Twenty20, with a lot of young ball strikers and a good bowling attack as well.
“I think it’s a really exciting time, with the talent and firepower we have in our squad, people who can hit sixes all the way down to No 11. I think we’ve got a good chance.”
Hales success in white ball cricket came off the back of a disappointing debut Test series where he made only 136 runs at an average of 17.00 at the top of the order.
“I was obviously very disappointed with how the Tests went,” he conceded. “But it was my first crack at it, and I feel I learned a lot from it.
“It was good to find some form with the white ball, and I feel in good touch going into these Twenty20s. We’ve got a big couple of months now, with the Twenty20 World Cup.” opening four matches before chalking up his second ODI century in the series deciding match on Sunday.
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