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Alex Hales not much in favor of playing ODI World Cup in India

England T20 opener, Alex Hales has not given much thought about playing in the ODI World Cup in India.

He feels that improving his T20I game will be a much better option.

Hales has been a key factor for England in the recently concluded T20 World Cup.

Hales wants to play T20Is for England along with franchise cricket all around the world.

Says Hales,

I don’t know but I think going forward I would concentrate on playing T20Is for England and franchise cricket. I haven’t put much thought into ODIs.

The opener is also of the opinion that playing cricket around the world helps improve certain areas of your game.

On the subcontinent, pitches more often than not tend to have a bias towards spin and you have to make sure you adapt your methods. And I think that’s one of the key things as a franchise cricketer. As you’re playing tournaments in different countries and conditions all year round, so you have to keep topping up on certain areas of your game all the time, otherwise you soon get found out.

Moreover, Hales is also of the opinion that only a handful of players can manage all three formats of cricket.

I think it’s exceptionally difficult to play all three formats of the top level. I think there are only a handful of cricketers who are probably good enough to excel at all three.

Hales has already hung up his boots from Test cricket since 2018.

Since I gave up the red ball format in 2018, my T20 game has improved a lot and quickly as well. And the way things are going, I think it will see more and more specialists in each format.

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