Cricket - Hales: Main concern is club and country

Alex Hales is content to forego any short-term Indian Premier League ambitions at the behest of his county and focus instead on his England and Nottinghamshire future.

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Alex Hales has ambitions to represent England in all forms of the game

England's Twenty20 opener signed up for the Bangladesh Premier League on Friday but will not be involved in next month's IPL auction. The 23-year-old was informed by his agent that Nottinghamshire did not want him to join world's most lucrative domestic competition.

While the likes of Kevin Pietersen continue to be available, England commitments permitting, Hales is therefore happy to stay away. "I'm not in the IPL auction. I wasn't allowed by my club to go into it," said Hales, set to open the batting for England against India in the second Twenty20 international at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.

"That's fine; it means I can prepare for the county season as well, which is a big part of the game."

Hales had no direct contact with his employers on the subject of the IPL but gleaned from contract negotiations that Nottinghamshire were not keen on the idea.

"I've not spoken to (coach) Mick Newell about it; I just spoke to my agent," said Hales. "I am not too fussed about it. The four-day game is important and I really want to do well for Notts this year."

One-day internationals, and even Tests, are higher on his agenda.

As for the IPL, Hales added: "I think at my age it's not something I need to think about - I still have ambitions in the longer form. But if it doesn't happen that way, maybe in a few years ...

"My long-term aim is still to play all three forms for England. Obviously I'm some way from that.

"But I have a lot of ambition and if that means putting in the hard yards with Twenty20 going into the one-dayers then that's it. Every time I put on an England shirt I want to perform and put myself in the shop window."

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