Alex Hales targets place in England 50-over squad in New Zealand
Twenty20 star Alex Hales is targeting a place in England's one-day international squad.
Last Updated: 22/12/12 1:48pm
India won the first of two Twenty20 matches in Pune on Thursday but the Nottinghamshire opener was England's best performer, smacking 56 off 35 balls.
It was a timely innings, as England will announce their two limited overs squads for the tour of New Zealand in February and Hales is hoping to make the breakthrough into the 50-over squad.
He has another opportunity to impress on Friday in the second T20 match in Mumbai.
"I was happy with how it went. My previous record against India - the last few games we've played - hasn't been very good at all," he said.
"So I was happy I managed to go out there and showed them that I can play. I think you have to be confident in Twenty20. You haven't really got time to feel out of nick.
"I tried to take advantage of the ball coming on nicely with the seamers at the start, and fortunately it paid off. That's been my game ever since I was a little lad. It's something I thrive on, and I hope I can keep doing well with it.
"There's an up-and-coming Lions tour I'm hoping to be part of, and the Twenty20 in New Zealand.
"All I can do is keep doing as well as I can and try to impress the selectors, perform to the best of my ability whenever I get a chance.
"If I can get on the Lions tour and do well, then I hope I can put myself in the frame for it (the one-day international squad)."