Hales focus on club and country

  • Last Updated: December 22 2012, 9:49 GMT

Alex Hales is content to forego any short-term Indian Premier League ambitions at the behest of his county and focus instead on his England and Nottinghamshire future.

Hales: Will not take part in the IPL
Hales: Will not take part in the IPL

England's Twenty20 opener signed up for the Bangladesh Premier League but will not be involved in next month's IPL auction.

The 23-year-old was informed by his agent that Nottinghamshire did not want him to join world's most lucrative domestic competition.

While the likes of Kevin Pietersen continue to be available, England commitments permitting, Hales is therefore happy to stay away.

"I'm not in the IPL auction. I wasn't allowed by my club to go into it," said Hales, set to open the batting for England against India in the second Twenty20 international at the Wankhede Stadium.

"That's fine; it means I can prepare for the county season as well, which is a big part of the game."

Hales had no direct contact with his employers on the subject of the IPL but gleaned from contract negotiations that Nottinghamshire were not keen on the idea.

"I've not spoken to (coach) Mick Newell about it; I just spoke to my agent," said Hales.

"I am not too fussed about it.

"The four-day game is important and I really want to do well for Notts this year."

One-day internationals, and even Tests, are higher on his agenda.

As for the IPL, Hales added: "I think at my age it's not something I need to think about - I still have ambitions in the longer form.

"But if it doesn't happen that way, maybe in a few years ...

"My long-term aim is still to play all three forms for England.

"Obviously I'm some way from that. But I have a lot of ambition and if that means putting in the hard yards with Twenty20 going into the one-dayers then that's it.

"Every time I put on an England shirt I want to perform and put myself in the shop window."

He is also looking forward to opening the batting in the near future with Kevin Pietersen for the first time.

He made way for Pietersen to open against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last year.

Then when Pietersen temporarily retired from all international limited-overs cricket during his contract wrangles last summer, Hales resumed his partnership with Craig Kieswetter up to and including England's failed defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown.

Pietersen is being rested from this two-match series in India but may well be back in the sprint format squad set to be announced tomorrow to face New Zealand in February.

"It's great to see him back - he is a hugely-talented player," said Hales.

"It will be great for me to bat alongside somebody like that.

"Any time you get to pick a player's brain of that quality, it is an opportunity.

"It may be intimidating for bowlers to have two blokes of 6ft 5in opening the batting, so I hope it will gel nicely."

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