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.
ales was a key part of Nottinghamshire’s Championship-winning side in 2010 but it has been his form in the shorter format of the game that has seen him nail down an England place.
Having fallen for 99 against the West Indies in a Twenty20 International in 2012, his innings of 116 out in 64 balls against Sri Lanka in the ICC World Twenty20 2014 was a rare bright point in a dismal tournament for England.
He went on to make his ODI debut later that year and looks on course to play a part in England’s 2015 World Cup challenge.