20-year-old Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales has been rewarded for a fine start to the 2009 season with a new two-year contract.
Hales stroked 52 and 106 in his first two Friends Provident Trophy innings of the season.
“His technique has improved, his shot selection is getting better and he’s made himself into a first team player, so all credit to him," Director of Cricket Mick Newell said.
“He’s a good lad who wants to make his way in the game and has the right attitude to continue to improve. He’s thoroughly deserved the new contract.”
Hales himself added: “I’m really pleased to have been given a new contract and now I want to go on and secure my place in the side.
“I’ve been a bit inconsistent so far - either making big scores or getting out cheaply - and that’s something I want to improve.
“I’ve had a taste of first-class cricket and feel I’m now ready for that challenge on a regular basis. It’s helped me to be playing alongside such a fantastic group of team-mates.
“When I first joined Notts I was nervous about meeting people like Mark Ealham, Chris Read and Ryan Sidebottom. But everyone was very welcoming and helped me settle in quickly.”
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