Alex Hales eyes strong Nottinghamshire finish

Alex Hales
Hales goes on the attack during his superb 115 against Durham at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales wants a quick return to form after three below-par displays for the England Lions one-day side.

Hales impressed in the four-day game against Sri Lanka A, scoring 50 and 42.

But the 22-year-old failed in the one-day internationals, totalling just five runs from three innings.

"I didn't really do myself justice with the Lions. I need to put it to bed and score as many runs as I can for Notts," Hales told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"I didn't play as well as I could've done and I'm a little bit disappointed but that's the way it goes."

Hales scored 677 runs in 12 Championship games in 2010 during Notts' title winning campaign.

Looking to build on an impressive 12 months, his early season hopes this year were hampered by a broken jaw but he still did enough to attract the attention of National selector Geoff Miller.

Miller spoke to BBC Radio Nottingham in May: "We have talked about Alex. The selectors are watching all kinds of cricket and Alex has raised a few eyebrows.

"There may be opportunities through the Lions to see what his credentials are."

Miller was true to his word and Hales was selected for the Lions side to face Sri Lanka A, a level of cricket at which he felt at ease.

"I felt more than comfortable, especially after the four-day game. I'd say that Sri Lanka A are probably similar to a good county side. I just played a couple of rash shots early on in the games," Hales commented.

Since returning to county cricket a quick-fire 78 during the Friends Life t20 quarter final against Somerset, and a century in his next Championship game against Durham will have kept him in the minds of the national selectors.