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Former MCC Young Cricketer Alex Hales has been called up to the England Lions squad for their fixtures against Sri Lanka A.
Hales has been in prolific form in county cricket for Nottinghamshire this summer, amassing 1,284 runs in all competitions.
The 22-year-old is one of several new faces in a youthful looking Lions side, and has the opportunity to impress the selectors in three 50-over matches and a four day, first-class game.
Former Loughborough MCC Universities (opens in a new window) and current Sussex batsman Chris Nash is also included in the 12-man one-day squad.
The Lions are captained by 21-year-old James Taylor of Leicestershire, and also feature Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick – also 21 – and his 20-year-old teammate Ben Stokes.
Hales has been talked about as a potential England player throughout the summer, after some consistently impressive performances in both first-class and limited overs cricket.
Standing at 6’5" the hard hitting Hales makes an imposing sight, particularly in one day cricket.
He recently cracked a mammoth first-class high score of 184 against Somerset at Trent Bridge to ease worries over his ability to convert half centuries into big scores.
The century couldn’t have come at a better time for Hales, with the England selectors in town to monitor the progress of Stuart Broad ahead of England's Test with India at Lord's.
He spent one season as a YC in 2007 before being snapped up by Nottinghamshire.
Last season he played an important part in securing the LV County Championship title with his county in 2010.
Hales revealed to Lords.org earlier this summer that joining the YC scheme was a last throw of the dice for him as a cricketer and that he would have been a policeman were not for MCC.
MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson spoke of his delight at Hales’ success.
"Providing a platform for young cricketers to go on and forge successful careers as professionals is exactly what we are aiming for with the YC scheme." said the former England international.
"Alex worked hard on his game here at Lord’s and made the most of the world-class facilities we provide.
"I’m thrilled to see him making a name for himself at Nottinghamshire and the entire Club wishes him the best of luck for the matches against Sri Lanka A.
"We hope to add Alex’s name to the list of YC graduates who have gone on to play international cricket in the future."
Former YCs include current international captains Darren Sammy of the West Indies, Ross Taylor of New Zealand, William Porterfield of Ireland and Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan.