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Hales aiming to progress

February 03, 2013 18:35:14 UK

Big-hitting Twenty20 opener Alex Hales has spoken of his ambition to force his way into contention for a starting-spot in the longer forms of the game for England.

Alex Hales is looking to impress Alastair Cook.

The 24-year-old has been a consistent performer for England at the top of the order in the Twenty20 format having made his debut against India in 2011, and is in the squad that will face New Zealand in three matches later this month.

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Speaking on the prospect of firstly breaking into the one-day set-up, Hales said he would be using the Twenty20 games as a platform in which to put himself firmly in the thoughts of the selectors.

"Any opportunity in an England shirt is a time to put pressure on the guys (currently in possession of a starting place)," said the Nottinghamshire man.

"The top order in the ODI side is incredibly strong, and something I'm going to have to work really hard to try to break into."

Looking ahead to the series against the Kiwis, Hales said he was expecting a tough test against a team who could be boosted by the return of Ross Taylor.

Any opportunity in an England shirt is a time to put pressure on the guys.

Alex Hales

"Twenty20 is one of those games where anyone can be a danger man," said Hales.

"It only takes one or two people to win a game, and I think both teams have 11 players in their side who can do that.

"Ross Taylor's been around a very long time and is a very strong player.

"It will be a real boost (for them, to have him back). He's a world-class player."

England are rated as 1.20 to win the Twenty20 international series outright, with the hosts 4.50.

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