Hales makes Pears move
Worcestershire have signed England Twenty20 opener Alex Hales on loan from Nottinghamshire as cover for their own England absentee, Moeen Ali.
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Moeen has retained his international place for next week's one-day clash with Scotland and the Pears have responded by bringing in Hales, who has fallen out of favour in the longer form with Notts.
The 25-year-old averaged just 13.94 in 10 LV= County Championship appearances last season, with only two half-centuries, while he made 61 and a duck against Lancashire earlier this season.
Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: "Everyone at New Road is delighted that Moeen has been selected for England in the fixture against Scotland.
"To lose a player of his quality is a blow to the team but to replace him with a loan player who is currently ranked as the number three T20 batsman in the World is a major coup for the club.
"He is keen to show his abilities in the four-day format and impress the national selectors."
Hales is set to make his debut against Glamorgan this Sunday. His availability to face Essex from May 18 will depend on England commitments but he will be on hand for the Championship games against Kent from May 25 and Surrey the following week.