Hales half-century on comeback guides England to T20 win over Pakistan

  • Pakistan 158-7; England 160-4. England win by six wickets
  • Harry Brook’s unbeaten 42 sees tourists home

Twenty20 games come, and Twenty20 games go. There have been 757 of them in international cricket in the past 12 months alone, everywhere from Austria to Zimbabwe, and you will find that even the men and women who played in them cannot recall too many of the details of most.

The 758th game, though, was something else. England won it by six wickets, thanks in the large part to Alex Hales who made a scratchy 53 on his comeback to the team after three years in exile. But it wasn’t the match, it was the moment. The game was the result of years of diplomacy, months of preparation, and came at the end of weeks of anticipation.

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