Alex Hales stuck in nervous 90s as wait for England Test century goes on

Alex Hales was out for 94 and could scarcely conceal his disappointment but a look in the history books will be some consolation

Alex Hales had his fair share of luck when compiling his highest Test score of 94. Even so he was pretty grumpy as he left the ground, having been dismissed lbw by the gentle pace of Angelo Mathews.

There were no smiles visible from the close-ups on the TV screens as Hales raised his bat to acknowledge applause that mingled praise with sympathy. One day the little man who scuttles on to the ground with a TV camera, which is always shoved up the nose of the disconsolate, departing batsman, will receive his comeuppance and it would be a harsh courtroom that convicts for GBH.

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