Alex Hales: "I've tweaked a couple of things"

England batsman Alex Hales leaves the field after his 94 during the 2nd NatWest series T20 match between England and Australia at Emirates Durham on August 31, 2013
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Alex Hales reveals that he "tweaked a couple of things" in his game prior to scoring an unbeaten 71 on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

England's opening batsman Alex Hales has admitted that he was forced to alter parts of his game prior to today's first Test getting underway against Sri Lanka.

The 27-year-old received some criticism for his performances during the winter tour of South Africa, where he scored just one half-century from eight innings.

However, while wickets fell around him at regular intervals, Hales responded on day one at Headingley to finish unbeaten on 71 from 154 deliveries.

Asked by Sky Sports News if he had intentionally made any adjustments during the break, the right-hander replied: "I've tweaked a couple of things, just outside off-stump. I think in South Africa a couple of times I maybe got caught between defence and attack.

"It's something I've been working on, but it's still a work in progress and I think it's going to be key to me being successful as a Test player.

"Throughout the Test series against South Africa, I didn't feel out of my depth - and I kept that in my mind. I think it was me making mistakes, rather than balls getting me out. I'd rather it was that way, knowing it was up to me to correct a few things."

Hales will return tomorrow alongside Jonny Bairstow (54) with England on 171-5.

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