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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 ODI

cricket Updated: Sep 20, 2017 12:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Alex Hales,Tino Best,West Indies cricket team
Alex Hales and Tino Best engaged in a Twitter banter after the first England vs West Indies ODI.(HT Photo)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

Hales’ reply came after England completed a comprehensive victory.

And he delivered another blow to the former West Indies pacer by writing:

Best was mildly offended by Hales’ reply, as he hit back by saying:

But Hales was not going to give up. He quipped:

Best conceded that the Englishman had won the battle.

As his last resort, Best sought intervention from fellow fast bowler Fidel Edwards to thwart the attack from Hales.

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.

First Published: Sep 20, 2017 12:26 IST