Alex Hales can get better still says Peter Moores after he lands Sportsman of the Year award


Alex Hales might have produced some of the best performances ever witnessed last season – but that does not mean he cannot keep improving.

The Nottinghamshire and England batsman was named Sportsman of the Year, sponsored by Ikano Bank, at the Nottingham Post Sports Awards 2017 on Thursday on the back of a run of incredible performances last season.

The most notable of those came in the Royal London One Day Cup final in July, when Hales hit a record breaking 187 not out against Surrey to transform the game in Notts’ favour.

It was ranked as perhaps the best limited overs innings Notts head coach Peter Moores has ever witnessed.

On top of that, Hales narrowly missed out on a world record when he hit 95 off 30 balls against Durham in the NatWest T20 Blast.

The 28-year-old also scored 218 off as many balls in the County Championship at Derbyshire, but Moores says it was his innings against Surrey that stood out.

“What I liked about Alex last season was that he moved on as a player,” he said.

“When a senior player improves like that it’s probably the most exciting time. You expect 19, 20 and 21-year-olds to move on quite a bit.

“When you see guys who are 28 and move like Alex and Samit Patel it’s very exciting.

“When someone starts to improve you don’t know when they will stop. The quality of some of the innings was incredible, both in one day and four day cricket.

Sportsman of the Year was awarded to Alex Hales, who was represented by Peter Moores. Moores is pictured with Paul O’Leary of Ikano Bank, Kevin Nolan and Alan Hardy

“To score 187 in a Lord’s final when it really counted was so phenomenal. That was the one innings that stood out above the others.

“Any performance in sport is measured by the context. The context of that innings was that it was a final where we were under pressure.

“If he hadn’t have been not out at the end we wouldn’t have won the final I don’t think.

“He’s shown before he can do it on big occasions, but that was his most significant innings of the season.

“The 95 off 30 balls was phenomenal striking, but the Lord’s innings showed maturity. To bat for the length of time he did and the way he did it was outstanding.”

Hales played his part in Notts winning the One Day Cup and T20 Blast, as well as promotion in the County Championship.

Moores was impressed by Hales’ maturity in the dressing room as well as his performances on the pitch.

He believes Hales made a breakthrough as a leader behind the scenes, when it comes to helping young players improve.

“He’s become a proper senior player because of what he offers to the younger players,” he said.

“He shares what he’s learned and because he’s gone through a process where he’s had his challenges finding his game means you become really valuable to a club.

“He can help the younger players because of that and he’s willing to do it.”



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