Hales staying true to his positive style


England opener Alex Hales has yet to make his Test debut, despite being in and around the set up for the past three years, but hopes that when he does get his chance, he'll be able to play his natural game.

He is set to make his debut against Pakistan in the UAE, coming into the Test side as a replacement for Adam Lyth. He says he's worked hard at becoming more than a T20 basher, and hopes it pays off.

The Notttinghamshire man said on Cricinfo: "When I first came on the scene, I tried to play every shot in the book.

"Then I had this theory that the England selectors didn't want players like that at the top of the order so I went into my shell a bit and lost my form at the start of 2013.

"I spent the winter (after the 2013 season) thinking about what my strengths were and working out that I just needed to give myself a chance and then my natural game could take over.

"In the past, I stayed a bit leg side of the ball which left me playing away from my body outside off stump and a bit vulnerable to the ball that nips back. So I've tried to move across to the leg side more and play with my head nearer the ball.

"I've still got to stay true to the naturally positive way I play. But you could see in the way the guys played this summer – their 'no fear' attitude – that it's the approach they want these days.

"It's just now I give myself more of a chance to play that way by getting myself in first."