Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

England Hale Their Mew One-Day Hero

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

England Hale Their Mew One-Day Hero

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ALEX HALES reflected on the best day of his young career after he blasted 99 to inspire England to a sevenwicket win in the one-off NatWest Twenty20 international against West Indies at Trent Bridge.

In just his fifth England appearance, the 23-year-old opener proved he was ready to fill the match-winning void left by Kevin Pietersen's retirement with the highest Twenty20 score by an England batsman.

Hales mixed heavy hitting with some mature strokeplay as a 159-run stand with Ravi Bopara (59) for the second wicket ensured England reeled in a difficult-looking chase of 172 for four with two balls to spare.

While Hales was left disconsolate after falling just one run short of a deserved ton, when bowled by Ravi Rampaul in the penultimate over with four required for victory, the Nottinghamshire right-hander was left to reflect on a memorable day on his home ground.

Hales, who was still dressed in his pads at the post-match press conference, said: "I was gutted to get out just short of 100 but at the same time we managed to get a win. …

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