Alex Hales could hold the key to improving England’s thus far poor World Cup form, according to Stuart Broad.
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England have been unchanged in their first four games, but Broad thinks the time is right for an new approach.
“[Hales] is a player who can change momentums of games,” Broad told the Guardian. “We are looking for players to stand up. Every player should be thinking: ‘I can change the momentum of this World Cup.’”
It is unclear why England’s selectors do not pick Hales. He scored a fantastic 116 not out against Sri Lanka in last year’s World Twenty20, but has had to settle for a bit-part role since.
“He is the sort of player who can get you nought or 140,” Broad added. “He is a dangerous player. That World Cup knock in Bangladesh against Sri Lanka was one of the best you’ve seen. He obviously struggled when he came into the 50-over side a bit but I don’t know if he has technical faults. He has scored six or seven hundreds for Notts in the past two years.”
England have been forced to look for a new approach after a dismal performance by Gary Ballance at number three, and with Broad’s form also stuttering, it would be no surprise to see Hales involved for the remaining games.