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Alex Hales: ‘It takes 10 seconds to get an image, 10 years to undo it’

Nottinghamshire opener regrets conduct on a night out in Bristol with Ben Stokes and remains desperate to play a part in what he describes as the biggest year in English cricket history

It is media day at a sun?drenched Trent Bridge and after Nottinghamshire’s players pose for various photographs, larking around as they do so during a spring ritual that precedes another county season, Alex Hales sits down in front of the old pavilion for a chat.

The England batsman may hail from south Buckinghamshire but this is home; the place where, in 2009 aged 20, he announced himself with a then futuristic 150 not out from 102 balls in a televised Pro40 match against Worcestershire; where he took the West Indies attack for 99 from 68 in just his fourth England outing three years later; where, in recent times, scores of 171 and 147 have powered Eoin Morgan’s trailblazing side to two world-record one-day totals.

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