Alex Hales: The opening batsman from Trent Rockets was hit where it hurts the most on successive deliveries at The Oval.
During the 22nd match of the ongoing inaugural season of The Hundred between Oval Invincibles and Trent Rockets at The Oval, Trent Rockets opening batsman Alex Hales registered an agonizing stay in the middle.
Chasing a 126-run target in a 65-ball match, Hales had opened the batting with D’Arcy Short (0). Facing Invincibles pacer Reece Topley on the 13th delivery of the innings, Hales was hit in the crotch after he missed a length delivery.
In significant suffering and understandably so, Hales was heard on the stump mic screaming in addition to punching his gloves on the ground to express pain.
After a brief stoppage in play, Hales stood tall to face the new ball against Topley but only to get hit in the same area off a similar delivery and after missing a similar shot.
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) August 9, 2021
Alex Hales tweets after getting hit in the crotch twice against Reece Topley
Hales, 32, took to social media platform Twitter this evening to “appreciate all messages of concern”. However, Hales admitted to be going through a “worst-case scenario” with respect to the dual blows.
Appreciate all the messages of concern after last night.. 🥜 It’s great to know that my well-being was at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts and that no one found it funny in the slightest!Unfortunately it’s worst-case scenario today with minimal swelling and maximal pain 😢
— Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) August 9, 2021
Hales getting hit twice in the groin area reminded fans of another England batsman in Liam Livingstone. While Livingstone was hit in the crotch while representing Perth Scorchers against Melbourne Stars in Big Bash League 10 earlier this year, he was hit twice in the same match against Melbourne Renegades last year as well.
It is worth mentioning that Livingstone was among the firsts to tweet after Hales got hit twice last night. Apart from Livingstone, Oval captain Sam Billings had also expressed hilarious views on the social media platform.
😂😂😂😂😂😂 I feel you Alex 😫
— Liam Livingstone (@liaml4893) August 8, 2021
Sorry @AlexHales1 🙈🥴
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) August 8, 2021
Reece Topley reminding Alex Hales of the Hundred’s tagline: Every Ball Counts
— Matt Roller (@mroller98) August 8, 2021
As far as the match is concerned, Hales was dismissed by Invincibles all-rounder Sunil Narine on the 28th delivery after scoring 25 (15) with the help of three fours and a six.
Narine’s match-winning bowling figures of 10-6-11-3 had played a vital role in the hosts sealing a 9-run victory. Having scored 56* (29) with the help of four fours and sixes each after being asked to bat first by Rockets captain Lewis Gregory, Oval opening batsman Jason Roy was declared the ‘Man of the Match’.