England cricket team batsman’s Twitter war with ex-Windies pacer turns nasty
Alex Hales and Tino Best’s Twitter banter took place after England ended West Indies’ hopes of a direct qualification to the 2019 cricket World Cup when they hammered the Caribbean team by seven wickets in the first ODIcricket Updated: Sep 20, 2017 12:26 IST
Tino Best, Former West Indies cricketer-turned-commentator, and England batsman Alex Hales engaged in a lengthy banter on Twitter on Tuesday, with the latter eventually having the last laugh.
The conversation took place after England ended West Indies’ hopes of a direct qualification to the 2019 cricket World Cup when they hammered the Caribbean team by seven wickets in the first match, as Sri Lanka progressed into the tournament with 86 points.
Even though Hales scored a mere 19 runs in the first ODI at Old Trafford, he caught attention of Best when he pulled a few short deliveries from Jerome Taylor with ease for boundaries. Hales struck four boundaries in his innings.
Best, who was quite surprised looking at the ease with which a West Indian pacer was being hit, took to Twitter and wrote, “Wish I had bowl at this one Hales bk then let’s see u pulling at 90+ not 84mph lol would of enjoyed cracking that Nut hahah.” (sic)
Wish I had bowl at this one Hales bk then let's see u pulling at 90+ not 84mph lol 😂 would of enjoyed cracking that Nut hahah— Tino95 (@tinobest) September 19, 2017
Hales’ reply came after England completed a comprehensive victory.
And he delivered another blow to the former West Indies pacer by writing:
Was a wide longhop to be fair, unsurprisingly.— Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) September 19, 2017
Best was mildly offended by Hales’ reply, as he hit back by saying:
@AlexHales1 u sure I couldn't land it on the strip ??? Or you was running to square leg bud ?? Pull up score card 😂— Tino95 (@tinobest) September 19, 2017
But Hales was not going to give up. He quipped:
I nearly ran to deep square leg as the one bumper you bowled hit someone in the crowd https://t.co/nNIjLk0Tha— Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) September 19, 2017
Best conceded that the Englishman had won the battle.
8 an over is a blinding day at the office for you though! #rightarmboundaries— Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) September 19, 2017
As his last resort, Best sought intervention from fellow fast bowler Fidel Edwards to thwart the attack from Hales.
😂😂😂😂😂 u lucky @EdwardsFidel and I ain't hold u properly in our prime count ya self lucky 🍀🤕🤕🚑🚑🚑— Tino95 (@tinobest) September 19, 2017
The banter ended with Best giving up the fight for good and wishing Hales a good night. But it did not end before Edwards chipped in with a few words.
@tinobest scored 99 but run like a thief— Fidel Edwards (@EdwardsFidel) September 19, 2017