He is yet to play a game in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and if not for the ugly ball-tampering saga that unfolded in South Africa, Alex Hales might have had to wait another season. However, unlike other ‘debutants’, the pressure is huge on the Englishman as he has been roped in to replace David Warner — the southpaw who topped the batting charts twice in the past three years.
It won’t be the first time that such an opportunity has come his way though. Nearly a month back, an injury to Jason Roy had thrown open the door for his comeback to the national ODI squad. A well-timed 61 and a 155-run stand for the opening wicket not just ensured an English victory over Kiwis, it also gave Hales an opportunity to make a statement given that he has gone down the pecking order.