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Sir Ian Botham: 'Alex Hales deserves chance in Test cricket'

Sir Ian Botham believes that Alex Hales deserves to be given the chance to open the batting for England in Test cricket.

Sir Ian Botham has claimed that Alex Hales deserves the opportunity to display his skills in Test cricket.

England are expected to bring in a new opening partner for Alastair Cook when they travel to the UAE to face Pakistan, and Moeen Ali has already been tipped for a promotion.

However, Botham believes that Nottinghamshire batsman Hales could impress in the longest format of the game.

"England have got themselves into a mess for the opener's position. Adam Lyth's form in The Ashes was poor but a lot of that was down to the fact he didn't get to play in the Caribbean last winter when he could have gained some valuable experience," the former England all-rounder told Sky Sports News.

"Hales has been talked about for some time, he's a very positive player, so it's may be time for him to have a go."

England meet Pakistan in the first of three Test matches on October 13 in Abu Dhabi.

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