Hales the hero for England

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Alex Hales reflected on his career highlight after becoming the first England batsman to score a Twenty20 century last night.

Hales’ 116 not out against Sri Lanka contained 11 fours and six sixes, the last of which confirmed England’s biggest ever successful chase and reinvigorated their World T20 campaign.

Failure to chase down Sri Lanka’s testing 189 for four would have left England facing near-certain elimination, but their dramatic six-wicket success leaves them with everything to play for.

“It’s definitely my best day for England, without a shadow of a doubt,” said the 25-year-old opener.

“It’s an amazing feeling and it hasn’t sunk in yet.

“Centuries in this format don’t come along very often and I’ve got out a couple of times in the 90s, so I was pleased to get over the line.

“I always had the confidence I would get the chance again and I’m buzzing it came in a winning side and in a huge fixture for our country.”

Hales hit the winning six off Angelo Mathews, an almighty strike that almost cleared the stands on the leg-side.