Hales steers England to T20 win

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Updated: June 25, 2012

 

Alex Hales showed England could cope at Twenty20 level without Kevin Pietersen as his superb 99 saw them to a seven-wicket win over the West Indies at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

World Twenty20 champions England, set a challenging 173 to win, finished on 173 for three with two balls to spare in their first match at this level since Pietersen retired from all limited overs internationals.

Hales’s score was the highest by an England batsman in a Twenty20 international, surpassing Eoin Morgan’s 85 not out against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2009.

The 23-year-old Hayles, taking the opener’s spot vacated by Pietersen, faced 68 balls with four sixes and six fours on his Nottinghamshire home ground as England gave themselves a boost ahead of their World Twenty20 title defence in Sri Lanka in September.