Alex Hales becomes first England batsman to reach century in T20 international

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 makes history by becoming the first England batsman to reach a century in Twenty20 international cricket.

Alex Hales has made history by becoming the first England batsman to score a century in Twenty20 international cricket.

The 25-year-old hit 116 runs from 64 balls to guide England to victory over Sri Lanka in the Super 10 stage of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

England, who were given a total of 190 to chase, were 0-2 until Hales led his side to a six-wicket victory in Group One with four balls remaining.

Speaking about becoming the first Englishman to reach three figures, Hales said after the match: "I'm absolutely buzzing. Centuries in this format don't come along very often and I've got out in the nineties a couple of times so this is brilliant.

"Eoin Morgan made my job a hell of a lot easier by hitting those sixes in the middle of the innings."

England lost their opening World T20 clash against New Zealand on Saturday.

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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