Please don’t blame me for jinxing anything, but it appears as though England may just be on the road to recovery. However, that’s a big may.
We all know about the series loss over in the West Indies (not our finest hour) and needless to say, it wasn’t the best start for our World T20 campaign.
Then to top it all of a defeat in our first official T20 game versus New Zealand, really want to cover it up and blame it on the Duckworth Lewis method, but the scorecard just goes to show our batting had seen no sight of improvement over the winter.
So you can imagine my surprise, shock, amazement at the spectacular show we saw today. Less hiding behind the sofa, more me staring open-mouthed at the television screen.
Alex Hales. Need I say more, just when England wanted a boost they certainly got one.
With Sri Lanka posing a somewhat tricky target of 189-4, I hope I’m not the only one to say that the thought of Malinga, Mendis et al against our batting line up was not a pretty one.
Who knew that what we would witness would be a power-hitting master class from Hales, smashing 116 of just 64, yes 64 balls.
I’m still in shock this very second as to how he could pull off such a show, England’s first international T20 century and an incredible one at that.
Hales not only created the innings of the tournament so far (if I say so myself), but in alliance with Morgan helped push England to reach their highest successful run chase in T20 history.
Now come on, if this isn’t a glimmer of hope I don’t know what is.
A victory to England’s name at last, now me and every fan alike definitely won’t mind seeing the same performance next match, pretty please.
In two days’ time South Africa will be next in line for England, now if Sri Lanka can be beaten, surely we can beat these guys too, right? Fingers crossed.