Alex Hales announces international retirement

Alex Hales announces international retirement
Alex Hales announces international retirement

Alex Hales announces international retirement

England cricketer Alex Hales made a significant announcement, declaring his retirement from international cricket. The 34-year-old shared his decision through a post on his official Instagram handle.

Having begun his journey with the England team in 2011, Hales had an illustrious 12-year career in the sport. Throughout his time, he contributed to 11 Test matches, 70 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and 75 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). As a right-handed batsman, he displayed his exceptional skills, accumulating a total of 573 runs in Tests, 2419 runs in ODIs, and 2074 runs in T20Is. His impressive stats included seven centuries and 31 half-centuries across the formats.

“Just a note to announce that I have decided to retire from international cricket,” Hales wrote on his Instagram handle.

“It has been an absolute privilege to have represented my country on 156 occasions across all three formats. I’ve made some memories and some friendships to last a lifetime and I feel that now is the right time to move on,” he stated.

Following his involvement in recreational drug use, Hales faced repercussions as his name was removed from the English squad before the 2019 50-over World Cup, which was being held in their home country. However, Hales had an opportunity for redemption when he returned to the team during England’s tour of Pakistan the following year, which featured a seven-match bilateral T20I series.

 

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“Throughout my time in an England shirt I’ve experienced some of the highest highs as well as some of the lowest lows. It’s been an incredible journey. And I feel very content that my last game for England was winning a World Cup final,” he said.

“Throughout the ups and downs, I’ve always felt a huge amount of support from my friends, family. And undoubtedly the best fans in world cricket.”

In what turned out to be Hales’s final appearance for the England cricket team. He participated in the T20 World Cup 2022 final against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Despite bidding farewell to international cricket. Hales revealed his intention to carry on playing for Nottinghamshire in the English domestic circuit.

“I look forward to continuing to play for Notts and experiencing more franchise cricket around the world,” he added.

Hales is currently playing for the Trent Rockets in the third edition of the Hundred Men’s competition.

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