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England’s Hales targets red-ball return next year

LONDON: England opener Alex Hales has not closed the door on his red-ball career and plans to return to the longer format of the game after next year’s 50-over World Cup. In February, Hales opted to focus on limited-overs cricket for his county side Nottinghamshire, leading England coach Trevor Bayliss to suggest that the current congested schedule could see more players follow suit. “I’m certainly not turning my back on four-day cricket,” Hales, who is looking to cement his spot in the national team, told BBC Radio…