England: Record-breaking Hales wants Test backing

Alex Hales hopes his record-breaking innings against Pakistan at Trent Bridge will result in the England selectors to keep faith with him in the Test side.

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Alex Hales hopes his record-breaking innings against Pakistan at Trent Bridge will convince the England selectors to keep faith with him in the Test side.

Hales' place in the Test team is under scrutiny due to a lack of runs during the drawn series against Pakistan, but the opening batsman made a timely return to form at his home ground on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old smashed 171 from only 122 in a brutal onslaught, surpassing Robin Smith's record ODI knock for England which stood for 23 years.

Hales set the tone for England's world record total of 444-3 in the 50-over format and Eoin Morgan's men went on to win by 169 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

With a Test series in India to come later this year after a tour of Bangladesh, Hales is determined to prove he can cut it in the longest format.

"They're two very different games, red-ball and white-ball cricket. All I can do is try to score as many runs as I can in the remaining games and keep myself in contention for that spot." said Hales.

"Hopefully they back me. It was a tough series but when it came to 50-over cricket it took me 20 games to cement my spot."

Hales added: "It's been a tough few weeks personally. The Test series didn't go to plan but when it comes to the white ball in the last 12 months I've felt in good form.

"I was always confident heading into this series and it's nice to put it right tonight. The summer has had plenty of ups and downs.

"I did well against Sri Lanka but didn't do myself justice against Pakistan. It's nice to try and sweep that under the rug and try to move forwards."

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