England's right-hand batsman, Alex Hales, has chosen to retire from international cricket at the age of 34, marking the end of a controversial career on Friday.
During his time with England, Hales showcased his skills in 11 Test matches, 70 one-day internationals, and 75 Twenty20s. However, his career faced a setback when he was dropped from England's 2019 ODI World Cup squad due to a failed recreational drugs test, which came to light a month before the tournament. Consequently, Hales spent nearly three years away from the international scene.
Despite the challenges, Hales made a comeback as a replacement for the injured Jonny Bairstow during the 2022 T20 World Cup, during which England emerged victorious.
On Instagram, Hales shared his decision to retire, expressing gratitude for the privilege of representing his country. He acknowledged the highs and lows experienced during his time in the England shirt, cherishing the memories and friendships forged along the way.
Hales faced additional scrutiny when he was fined and suspended for his involvement in a nightclub altercation with teammate Ben Stokes in 2017. Nonetheless, he reflects on an incredible journey with contentment, citing his last game for England as the memorable World Cup final victory.
As he bids farewell to international cricket, Hales plans to continue playing franchise cricket while leaving behind a legacy that includes both achievements and challenges throughout his career.