It took Hales just 51 balls to reach his first century competing against the Sydney Sixers and fourth in all T20s. His barnstorming stroke consisted of nine fours and eight sixes, leading the Thunder out of his 20th Overs to a Big Bash record of 5-232

The blow came at the perfect time, as just the day before the English selector Ed Smith had expressed his conviction that Hales’ exile from the English side would continue

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Hales was eventually fired for 110 out of 56 when he turned to Jordan Silk in the depths of Carlos Brathwaite

“What an inning, Mark Waugh said on Fox Cricket” Alex Hales lit the ground with a brilliant batting game tonight “

His teammates gave him a well-deserved standing ovation when he left the field – and then were abandoned after the superstar made a joke

Waugh couldn’t stop raving about the sensational century, “Nice innings from Alex Hales,” he said. “He hit everything from the middle – a great ball that hits especially the middle

“As soon as he knows he knows a gear and that will be difficult Tremendous ball strokes and a joy to see ”

Hales’ 110 was the eleventh highest score in Big Bash history – but only three of those innings scored better than his 19642

English selector Ed Smith downplayed the chance of Hales ending his exile from national duties just yesterday when England took on India in five T20Is and three ODIs

“Right now I would expect things to stay the way they are,” Smith said. “No doors are closed as there is no final decision. It’s not that it will be the same indefinitely. But im Moment I would say if I had to make a prediction, we would stay as we are ”

Hales, 32, has played in 11 Tests, 70 ODIs and 60 T20 internationals for England and an average of 3101 in the shortest format.But he has not represented his country in any format since March 2019, despite outstanding form at the national level

This season, Hales has scored a century, two fifties and three points from 12 innings in the 40s, enough to put him at the top of the Golden Bat standings with a total of 462 points

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