Hales can make Test grade, claims Newell

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS & VIEWS - By Tony Mar­shall

NOT­TING­HAMSHIRE bats­man Alex Hales has been backed to win an Eng­land Test re­call – if he stays in form.

Hales has been out of the Test reck­on­ing for a year but has hit a rich vein of form.

Not­ting­hamshire’s di­rec­tor of cricket and Eng­land se­lec­tor Mick Newell said: “He’s mak­ing him­self se­lectable. He’s play­ing well in all for­mats and the thing ev­ery­one knows about Alex is that he has the tem­per­a­ment for in­ter­na­tional cricket.

“He’s proven that in 50 and 20-over cricket, as well as play­ing Test cricket.We’ll mon­i­tor his progress closely over the re­main­ing weeks of the sea­son.

“He hasn’t specif­i­cally said to us he doesn’t want to be con­sid­ered as an opener, but by his ac­tions at Notts you can’t make a case for him to open the bat­ting for Eng­land.

“He wants to bat four or five for Notts to make a case to play there for Eng­land. He’s do­ing that very well.

“He’s shown his tem­per­a­ment in the big games and he’s de­vel­op­ing his game to make more ma­jor con­tri­bu­tions, rather than cameo in­nings at the top of the or­der.

“He’s done that in ODIs. Just look at the amount of hun­dreds he’s made!

“We know he has the tem­per­a­ment and he played a mag­nif­i­cent in­nings at Derby. We’ll mon­i­tor him but we’ve got to be mind­ful of the good play­ers we have com­pet­ing for those spots.”

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