We have won our fanbase back in ODIs - Alex Hales
England's explosive opening batsman Alex Hales believes that his side’s refreshingly aggressive brand of cricket in the ongoing series against New Zealand has helped them win back their admirers in the shorter format.
Although England are trailing the five-match series 2-1, their attacking mindset in the series has enabled them to evenly match the powerful New Zealand line-up – something that Hales is extremely proud of considering the lack of experience in his side.
While England notched up their highest margin of victory in ODIs during the first match of the series, they also fought hard in the next two games making New Zealand earn the victories.
"We're pretty inexperienced so the way the three games have gone, we've pretty much matched the Kiwis so far and played some really good cricket,” Hales.
"So in terms of how inexperienced we are and how raw we are, I think we've done pretty well.
"It looks like we've won our fanbase back in one-day cricket.”
England have managed to rattle up scores in excess of 300 in three successive games for the first time in ODI history while they also crossed 400 for the first time in the Birmingham game.
Hales expressed happiness at the dramatic resurgence in the England camp after a disastrous winter phase that included the World Cup disaster.
The 26-year-old expressed happiness at seeing the rookie players translating their domestic form into the international circuit.
"The last week or so has been really enjoyable, particularly considering how the winter went for us as a squad.
"We've got a lot of new faces around and guys are doing what they've done for their counties now at international level so it's good to see.”
Having been on the sidelines for quite some time now, Hales has finally got consistent opportunities as an opening batsman but isn’t willing to take his spot for granted.
Although he has got starts in all the three games so far, Hales hasn’t been able to convert them into big scores.
"It is nice to get a consistent run.
“In the past I've been in and out of the team and never really got a proper go at it.
"But I've still got a lot of hard work and hopefully some big scores to score if I want to cement that place."
The fourth ODI against New Zealand is scheduled on Wednesday at Trent Bridge which is Hales’ home ground and the youngster seemed excited at the prospect of playing in front of his home crowd.
The explosive batsman almost cracked a Twenty20 hundred at the venue back in 2012 before being dismissed on 99 and hopes he can cross the three-figure mark on Wednesday.
"It would be a dream come true," he said.
"Playing an ODI at your home ground, I came close a few years ago in a Twenty20 and getting 99 and then getting bowled in one of the last overs.
"I'd love to get that milestone, it would be a very, very good day for me."
Hales has represented England in 13 ODIs thus far aggregating 287 runs at an average of 23.91 with one fifty – stats that the powerful right-hander will want to improve on as he plays more games.
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