Hales signs on for Big Bash stint with Sydney Thunder
Out-of-favour England batsman Alex Hales is set for a fourth stint in Australia’s Big Bash League this winter after signing for Sydney Thunder.
Hales lost his white-ball central contract last month after being dropped from the World Cup squad following a suspension for failing a recreational drugs test, and is currently in action with Barbados Tridents in the CPL.
England director of cricket Ashley Giles said “the door is not closed” on Hales’s international prospects and the 30-year-old will look to press his claims for a recall in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition.
Thunder head coach Shane Bond said on the franchise’s official website: “Obviously Alex is on the outer with the England squad at the moment, but I think he’s still got a lot to offer.
“Hopefully this is another chance for him to show his maturity and make a claim for the T20 World Cup next year.
“He’s one of the best T20 batters in the world. To have someone of his quality available for the whole tournament for us is a great pick up.”
The big-hitting opener, who recently extended his limited-overs only contract with Nottinghamshire, has previously represented Melbourne Renegades, Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL.
Hales replaces countryman Jos Buttler, who is unavailable for the Thunder this season because of his international commitments.
Hales said: “I really can’t wait to return to the Big Bash.
“It’s such a hugely respected tournament around the world. The standard of cricket is amazing and any chance you get to visit Australia and play over there is amazing, so I’m really looking forward to it.
“Sydney Thunder is the full package. Sydney is one of the best cities in the world, getting the chance to work with Shane Bond – who is a highly respected coach – and it’s a young club, so hopefully I can be part of building a successful family there.
“As an opener you want to be one of the leading run-scorers, so that’s definitely one of my aims.”
Everyone is susceptible – Brendon McCullum defends Ollie Pope’s nervy starts
Pope has been accused of being on edge when first arriving at the crease.
Alex Tudor backs Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum to inspire Ollie Robinson
Robinson’s fitness issues surfaced once more in Ranchi.
On this day in 2014: Graeme Smith calls time on South Africa career
The then 33-year-old opening batter called time on his international career after 347 matches.
Glenn Phillips grabs five wickets as New Zealand cling to hope
Phillips finished with figures of 5-45 as Australia were bowled out for 164.
Somerset ‘open’ to allowing rising talent Shoaib Bashir to leave on loan
Bashir was fast-tracked into the England Test squad to face India and has taken 12 wickets in two matches.
Conditions in Dharamsala set to aid James Anderson’s bid for 700 Test wickets
India have already wrapped a series victory, leading England 3-1 with one Test to go.
Big hitting and Headingley heroics – Jonny Bairstow’s best Test moments
The Yorkshireman is set to play his 100th Test next week.
Cameron Green leads the way as Australia seize control of Test
Kane Williamson run out in collision as New Zealand left trailing by 204 in first innings.
Matthew Potts targeting England recall after ‘massive step forward’ with Lions
The 25-year-old Durham seamer has taken 23 wickets in six Tests for England.
Cameron Green century defies New Zealand on opening day of series
Matt Henry grabbed four wickets as Australia struggled on testing surface in Wellington.