Notts man named in England World T20 squad

Alex Hales punches straight down the ground during the NatWest T20 Blast match between the Outlaws and the Bears at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 15 May 2015.  Photo: Simon Trafford
Alex Hales punches straight down the ground during the NatWest T20 Blast match between the Outlaws and the Bears at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 15 May 2015. Photo: Simon Trafford

Alex Hales has been named in England’s squad for the ICC World T20 in India next month.

The 26-year-old Nottinghamshire batsman is ranked third in the world in the shortest format and remains his country’s only centurion in 20-over cricket.

Hales, who struck six successive sixes in Notts Outlaws’ victory over the Birmingham Bears during the 2015 NatWest T20 Blast, is likely to continue his established partnership at the top of England’s white ball order with Surrey’s Jason Roy.

Eleven of the 15-man party are currently in the squad for the 50-over series in South Africa, which England lead 2-1 with Hales having scored three half-centuries.

Sam Billings, Steven Finn, James Vince and prospective debutant Liam Dawson, a left-arm spinning all-rounder with Hampshire, are the four newcomers.

Former Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene will join the coaching team for the first ten days of the tournament with former England T20 captain Paul Collingwood working alongside Trevor Bayliss, Paul Farbrace and Ottis Gibson for the duration.

“The limited-overs cricket played in the last eight months has been incredibly exciting to watch and these players deserve the honour of representing England at a global event,” said National Selector James Whitaker. “We have made significant progress during recent series with plenty more to come over the next few years.

“Liam Dawson has been selected after consistently strong performances for the Lions recently against Pakistan A. As a left-arm spinning all-rounder he will be a very useful addition particularly in sub-continent conditions.

“Congratulations to all selected and on behalf of the selectors good luck to Eoin and Trevor.”

Team Director Andrew Strauss added: “Mahela and Paul proved very popular additions to the coaching team when they spent time with England in the UAE earlier this winter and I’m delighted that they are both able to help our T20 side.

“Their international experience, previous success at World T20 tournaments and, particularly in Mahela’s case, knowledge of conditions make them ideal resources to tap into and I have no doubt the players will gain a huge amount from having them around the dressing room.”

England’s ICC World T20 squad:

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (Capt)

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Sam Billings (Kent)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Liam Dawson (Hampshire)

Steven Finn (Middlesex)

Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)

Chris Jordan (Sussex)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Joe Root (Yorkshire)

Jason Roy (Surrey)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

Reece Topley (Hampshire)

James Vince (Hampshire)

David Willey (Yorkshire)