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Alex Hales’ ODI comeback: ‘Hard to Keep Out’, says England Coach Matthew Mott

Alex Hales, the prolific England batter, is now on fire. The 34-year-old has scored 257 runs in his past three ILT20 matches for Desert Vipers. The opener is smashing boundaries for pleasure, and his current form may help him re-enter England’s ODI team.

During the buildup to the T20 World Cup 2022, Hales made his first appearance for the national team in three years. Despite performing well, the cricketer was left out of the three-match ODI series against Australia, and he is now out of the forthcoming series against South Africa.

However, England’s white-ball coach Matthew Mott feels that if he maintains his current level of performance, the management will find it difficult to keep him out of play. The 49-year-old, who described him as a genuine player, said that there is no reason why he cannot join England’s ODI squad in the near future.

“White-ball cricket is white-ball cricket to me. He has shown that he is not a ball slogger. He’s a real cricketer, and there’s no reason he couldn’t make the 50-over squad. We have some big choices coming up, and we don’t play a lot of one-day cricket, but I am certain that if he continues in this rich vein of form, he will be difficult to keep out,” Mott was cited as saying by Sky Sports.

Despite being a T20 specialist, Hales has played ODIs before. He has appeared in 70 matches for England in the format, scoring 2,419 runs at a strike rate of 37.79. Notably, he last played in ODI against the West Indies in March 2019. Following that, he played a lot of franchise cricket and restored himself at the top of the order.