Tall Nottinghamshire opener Alex Hales burst onto the scene with some eye-catching displays in domestic one-day cricket in 2009.
He is a clean-hitter of the ball who is an effective cricketer in all forms of the game as well as being a safe pair of hands in the field.
He made his debut for Nottinghamshire in first-class and one-day cricket in 2008 before getting his T20 opportunity in 2009 while England saw enough potential to give him four games with the Lions before he made his Twenty20 International debut against India in 2011.
He failed to score but hit back to crash an unbeaten 62 in his next game to help England to a ten-wicket win over the West Indies. His first taste of defeat with England came two days later against the same opponents but he was picked to tour India this winter, scoring 12 as England rounded off a disappointing tour with a win in the T20 International.
With seven centuries to his name in his first 66 matches at first-class or one-day level as well as 21 half-centuries, Hales has begun his career strongly and was a key part of Nottinghamshire’s Championship-winning side in 2010.
He is expected to eventually forge just as strong a career with England in all forms of the game.