Alex Hales has announced his immediate retirement from international cricket. A nearly 12-year international career for the England batter has come to an end.
Since making his T20I debut in August 2011 against India, Hales has played in 75 T20Is, 70 ODIs, and 11 Tests for England. His greatest success came in the T20 format, where he excelled with his aggressive style of play and came close to scoring England’s first-ever T20I century in 2012.
Hales retires from international cricket as the T20 World Champion, having made a significant contribution to England’s successful campaign in 2022. Hales scored an incredible 86* against India in the semi-final to propel his team to the final.
Given the freedom to commit to his franchises, this verifies Hales’ availability for franchise cricket throughout the world. Hales decided to play in the Pakistan Super League rather than on England’s earlier-this-year trip of Bangladesh, and he was likely to do so again later this month.
Hales holds the distinction of having contributed the most to two of England’s best ODI totals before 2022, including 171 of the team’s 444 against Pakistan in 2016 and 147 of the team’s 481 against Australia in 2018. Since then, with an XI that didn’t contain Hales, England has scored 498 against the Netherlands.
After playing a total of 405 T20 matches for more than 10 teams and England, Hales, who was formerly ranked No. 1 in the world for T20 hitters, is still in high demand. He has amassed over 11,000 runs in the format with an astounding strike-rate of 147.