Alex Hales played a key role on his comeback into the ODI side as England beat New Zealand in their series decider.

The teams were locked at 2-2 heading to Christchurch for the best-of-five series but England blew their opponents away with a dominant display.

Former Chesham Grammar School pupil Hales played a huge part with the bat as England chased down a total of 223 with ease.

Hales slammed 61 in a superb 155-run opening partnership with Jonny Bairstow, who made the third quickest 100 by an Englishman in ODI’s.
Hales has had to bide his time for a place in the side with Bairstow and Jason Roy showing impressive form in the opening berths.

However, Hales served note of his talent against the Blackcaps this weekend and his innings will go a long way to keeping in the selectors thoughts as England embark on a busy year in the ODI arena ahead of hosting the 2019 World Cup.

Taking to Twitter to express his delight at the series win, Hales said: “Always a shame to see the back of New Zealand. 

“Such an amazing country and great people. Loved the last few weeks! Great to be a part of a series win for England."

England now face New Zealand in two Test matches in Auckland and Christchurch, which Hales won’t be a part due to him focusing purely on white-ball cricket in the next year.