T20 International: England batsman Alex Hales ready for Sri Lanka test
Alex Hales is looking forward to having a new opening partner in Tuesday's one-off T20 international against Sri Lanka.
Last Updated: 18/05/14 7:48pm
With Michael Lumb dropped from the squad, either the recalled Michael Carberry or Ian Bell will join Hales at the top of the order.
"It's good to see," said Hales. "Both of them are outstanding cricketers and, whoever gets the nod, I am sure they will take their chance.
"Michael's record for Hampshire over the last few years has been outstanding, so best of luck to him on Tuesday night if he plays.
"It will be a new challenge for both of us and hopefully one we will embrace."
Sri Lanka are the World Twenty20 champions after beating India in the final in Bangladesh last month but they did lose to England at the group stage.
Hales smashed an unbeaten 116 from just 64 balls as England won by six wickets to claim their only victory at the tournament.
He said: "It was an amazing experience scoring those runs on the world stage but this game is a whole new challenge - and in front of a home crowd here at The Oval - so hopefully we can repeat what we did at the World Cup.
"It is going to be tough, they are the world champions and it is going to be a hard game for us, but we are fresh and excited for the challenge."
That innings in Chittagong has helped Hales make his name as a T20 player but the 25-year-old is eager to prove he has the skills to succeed in the longer formats as well.
"I feel as though I've got the rest of the package too," the Nottinghamshire right-hander said.
"I feel if they gave me the chance in 50 overs this summer I would be ready for it. I've seen a lot of Sri Lanka and I feel I would be ready for the chance if it came along.
"It is a little bit harsh to pigeon-hole me as a Twenty20 player. I had a shocker last year with the red ball but up until then I averaged 40 opening at Trent Bridge, which isn't a bad record at all."
Four England players - captain Eoin Morgan, Chris Jordan, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali - were excused training at The Oval on Sunday due to their heavy recent schedules but they will take a full part in Monday's session.
Watch England v Sri Lanka T20 action live on Sky Sports 2 at 5.30pm on Tuesday.