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Hales wins PCA young player award

Former MCC Young Cricketer Alex Hales has been named the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s Young Player of the Year for 2011.

Hales, who has made his England Twenty20 International debut this summer, collected the trophy at the NatWest PCA Awards in London.

The 22-year-old opening batsman had a superb summer at county level for Nottinghamshire, passing 1,000 first class runs for the first time.

His brilliant consistency in the Friends Life T20 competition – where he finished the highest English run scorer and second highest overall – helped earn international recognition at T20 level against India and the West Indies.

After a disappointing duck on debut, he bounced back with a match winning 62* in his second match.

Hales will tour India this winter as part of the T20 set-up.

Previous winners of the award include Yorkshire's Adam Lyth in 2010, James Taylor of Leicestershire and England One Day International captain Alastair Cook.


Other award winners on the night included Marcus Trescothick, who claimed the Reg Hayter Cup for the NatWest PCA Player of the Year.

Stuart Broad was the ODI Player of the Year while Alastair Cook was awarded England's FTI Most Valuable Player of the Summer.

Chris Nash, a former MCC Universities cricketer (opens in a new window) who played for the England Lions this summer, was awarded the CB40 Player of the Year after a superb summer with Sussex.

Hales and Nash were also named in the FTI Team of the Year, alongside another ex-MCCU cricketer, England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar.

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