Hales repays fan for overs lost at Edgbaston


England opening batsman Alex Hales has heard the complaints from fans about slow over rates, and went so far as to repay a fan 10 percent of his ticket for the overs lost on day three at Edgbaston.

The fan, Alexis Fuller, complained on Twitter about eight overs being lost on day three of the third Test against Pakistan. He said that the players should pay him back for those overs, as a football match wouldn't end 10 minutes early.

He wrote: "I want 10% of my money back. Wouldn’t go to football and find it ended after 80 minutes."

Hales responded, as he was one of nine players tagged in the message, and said: "ok, DM [direct message] me your bank details. I’ll do it now."

This despite the fact that Hales is neither a bowler nor the captain, and could have had little control over the day's play. Still, he paid Fuller 4 pounds, as the fan later confirmed.

Fuller added: "Can confirm @AlexHales1 has paid this. Very kind gesture. Hope he goes big tmrw!"

England captain Alastair Cook is unlikely to be fined for the loss of overs that day though, as there were numerous breaks in play that he could not control, including injuries and James Anderson's altercation with umpire Bruce Oxenford.