Englishman Alex Hales went mad in Canberra and tossed balls over the rope for fun when his incredible punch made BBL history

Big Bash: Alex Hales only needed 21 balls to score the fastest 50 of the Sydney Thunder against the Melbourne Stars

Englishman Alex Hales beat the Melbourne Stars in Canberra in Big Bash with a spectacular half century

The first batsman made history by scoring the fastest half-century ever for the Sydney Thunder, bludgeoning 71 balls out of just 29

His sensational innings drove the Thunder to the highest level in franchise history and put together a mammoth 7/219 – surpassing his previous high of 209, which was achieved a few days ago against the Melbourne Renegades

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Hales cracked eight fours and five sixs during his hurricane, which ended with a monstrous hit rate of 24483

He hit his 50 from just 21 balls with a hit to the side of the leg for six when he put Australian leg spinner Adam Zampa on the roof at Manuka Oval

Hales looked on the right track for a quick century, but his innings were disrupted when he was caught and bowled by part-time tweaker Nic Maddinson

English cricket writer Elizabeth Ammon tweeted, “Incredible slap from Alex Hales When he’s on song, there are fewer cleaner strikers of the ball”

Hales did all the damage in an 89-year inaugural partnership with Usman Khawaja that ended when he stalled in game eight

Khawaja was the perfect foil for Hales as he put his teammates on strike and let the England international do the rest. The former Australian test star made 37 balls out of 31 before hitting 13th ball failed and took cover at Billy Stanlake’s bowling

Ollie Davies came and went, as did another Englishman, Sam Billings captain Callum Ferguson, anchored the middle overs with a whopping 51 out of 33 deliveries before Ben Cutting (20 out of seven) and Chris Green (12 out of four) iced the innings

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