PAK vs ENG: “Special feeling to find the park for England”

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England fly-half Alex Hales spoke about his winning move against Pakistan in the first T20I in Karachi on Tuesday, saying he was delighted to return to the national team. The right-handed hitter admitted scoring a fifty on the return to shape England’s victory was a dream.

Alex Hales, who scored a 53 from 40 to help England revise Pakistan’s 158, played his first international match on September 20, 2022, in more than three years. The 33-year-old has been one of the most consistent hitters in franchise cricket in the recent past.

However, his international career with England was derailed after failing a drug test twice ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

“The stuff dreams are made of”

Alex Hales highlights his fantastic return to England colors and Karachi crowd response


‘Dreams are made of things’ Alex Hales highlights his fantastic return to England colors and the response from the Karachi crowd ✨#PAKvFR | #UKSePK

The opening hitter opened up about his three-year exile, saying it felt like an eternity. He also said he was relieved to make an important contribution when he returned. Hales also described his comeback experience as resembling his debut and admitted he wasn’t at his best on the night.

“Three years was an eternity. It’s a very special feeling to be back in the park for England. To score a fifty on my return to a winning team is what dreams are made of. The guys said in the past that it was never until cricket why I missed three, that was never in doubt.

“But there are still nerves and pressure after not playing for three years. It was like a start again, so a very special night. You can’t let emotions in, you have to concentrate on the task at hand That was it I wasn’t at my best, but pointing us in the right direction meant a lot.

The premature injury of goalkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has meant England coaches have announced Hales as his replacement for the T20 World Cup. England have also selected the Nottinghamshire striker for the Pakistan tour to refine his game ahead of the showpiece event in Australia.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in Pakistan over the past few years and it means a lot to me” – Alex Hales

Alex Hales. (Image credits: Getty)

Alex Hales, who has played many games in the Pakistani Super League (PSL), said he has developed a special affinity with the nation. Recalling the vibrant atmosphere of Karachi during a match, he added:

“I’ve spent a lot of time in Pakistan over the last few years and it means a lot to me. I have some fantastic memories on and off the pitch. So to be part of the first England tour here in such a long time is a incredibly special feeling. I’ve played to packed houses here in Karachi and it’s something different. It’s one of the best atmospheres in world cricket. Karachi put on a show.

The hosts will be keen to bounce back and tie the series at the second T20I on September 22, in Karachi. It will be another opportunity for Alex Hales to show what England have been missing out on due to his absence for the past three years.

Edited by Akshay Saraswat

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