Hales happy to get job done
Alex Hales believes Monday's "scrappy" victory over Northern Superchargers shows that Trent Rockets are serious contenders for The Hundred.
Hales led the Rockets to a tense two-wicket win at Trent Bridge and is 2.37 to finish the season as his side's top batsman, while the Nottingham-based franchise are 3.60 to be crowned 100-ball champions.
Rockets taking off
They had eased to a nine-wicket victory over Southern Brave in their opening game, despite opener Hales falling for a golden duck, but were made to work far harder against Ben Stokes' Superchargers.
Having bowled out their opponents for 132, the Rockets were rocked by ducks for Dawid Malan and Joe Root, both dismissed by their England team-mate Adil Rashid.
Hales admitted he was "so lucky" to benefit from a rare dropped catch by Stokes before steering the home side to their target with an unbeaten 40.
The right-hander, who was the leading runscorer in last winter's Big Bash League in Australia, paid tribute to the support he received from Lewis Gregory (14 off eight balls), Rashid Khan (25 off 12) and number ten Matt Carter (13 not out off eight).
Hales has eye on England
Meanwhile, Hales has not played for England since March 2019, but he hopes his impressive displays in franchise leagues will boost his chances of an international recall.
After Monday's victory he told reporters: "It was a really scrappy, ugly win. I guess that's a sign of a good team because we had our backs to the wall a lot throughout that game and we still managed to come out on top.
"Every tournament I play is always a chance for me to keep reminding people I'm still an international quality player. If that chance comes along again, then great."