Eyes on the future: Alex Hales would like to retire as the top run-getter in T20s

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Team Abu Dhabi notched their second win of the Abu Dhabi T10 Season 6, beating Morrisville Samp Army by 18 runs on Tuesday, November 29. Meanwhile, Alex Hales’ 25-ball 44, including six fours and two sixes, was vital in getting the team over the line against the Northern Warriors.

While speaking to the media before the start of the campaign, England’s Alex Hales revealed his plans for the future. The 33-year-old wicketkeeper-batter was instrumental in the English team’s recent T20 World Cup triumph. Hales smashed 212 runs in only six matches, including an unbeaten 86 off 47 against India in the semi-final.

“I want to win trophies! Every tournament I go to, I am desperate to win a trophy. Add another one to the cabinet. That’s why you play the game and when you look back at your career you are proud,” Hales said while speaking on his short-term goals.

Want to climb the ranks of most runs in T20s

Alex Hales was out of the England side for a significant period. However, in that time, Hales took his T20 game to the next level. The Middlesex-born opener has been sensational with his performances in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), The Hundred and Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Hales described his attitude towards cricket, saying, “Not really one to plan for the long term. I enjoy each day as it comes and enjoy each tournament I am part of. It is a short career and I always play with a smile on my face.”

As it stands, Alex Hales has scored 10,534 runs, including five centuries and 67 fifties, in 374 T20 matches. The Englishman has an impressive average of 30.71 and scores at a fast pace of 147.49. He currently stands eighth in the list of most runs in T20 cricket, 4,028 short of Chris Gayle atop.

“I would love to keep climbing the ranks of most runs scored in T20 cricket. I am around eighth at the moment, so I would like to push some of the greatest players of the world for the number of runs and retire in the top three run-getters,” revealed Hales.

“If I had to pick a long-term goal, that would be it,” concluded the English batter.

With two wins in four games of the ADT10 2022, Team Abu Dhabi take on The Chennai Braves on Wednesday, November 30, followed by Bangla Tigers on Thursday, December 1.

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