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Hales sizzles in Twenty20 warm-up win

Alex Hales carried his sensational one-day international form into Twenty20 cricket with a swashbuckling innings in England's 44-run warm-up victory over South Africa A at Boland Park.

Having hit four fifties and a century during the tourists' 3-2 ODI defeat to the Proteas, the opening batsman smashed 78 off 52 balls in Paarl.

Hales blasted nine fours and three sixes, reaching his half-century from just 32 balls, while Eoin Morgan returned to form with 42 off just 13 deliveries as England racked up 202 for six after winning the toss.

Despite Theunis de Bruyn's 56, South Africa A struggled in their chase and were limited to 158 for eight from 20 overs, Reece Topley taking 3-29.

In-form Hales set off like a train, with seven fours in his first 12 balls and 32 of England's first 33 runs, but lost Jason Roy for 22 when he picked out deep mid-on off Andile Phehlukwayo  with 57 on the board in the sixth over.  

Opening batsman Alex Hales smashes one of three sixes during another impressive innings in an England shirt

James Vince, fresh from his stint in the Pakistan Super League, contributed 22 off 18 balls before clubbing Wayne Parnell to deep midwicket, ending a stand of 65 with Hales.

Hales holed out off Aaron Phangiso in the 16th over, but Morgan struck five sixes, including three in the 17th from Beuran Hendricks.

The skipper dominated a 49-run partnership in just 17 balls with Jos Buttler, who departed to Phehlukwayo  for 29, until he became the second of three victims for Parnell.

Topley, like he did in the final ODI in Cape Town on Sunday, made an early breakthrough by trapping Reeza Hendricks lbw with fourth ball of the chase.

But skipper Morne van Wyk and De Bruyn built a platform for the hosts with a stand of 88 in 62 balls.  

Farhaan Berhardien gets himself in a tangle as he is bowled by David Willey for four

Chris Woakes ended the alliance, having Van Wyk caught in the deep for 32 by David Willey, who then held on in the next over to hand Adil Rashid the scalp of De Bruyn on his 28th birthday.

The game was up when, with South Africa A requiring 98 from 42 balls, Rashid drew former Yorkshire team-mate David Miller out of his crease and Buttler whipped off the bails.

Willey dismissed  Farhaan Berhardien and Parnell late on before Topley returned to the attack for the final over and took the wickets of Phehlukwayo  and JT Smuts, for 30, in as many balls. 

England rested Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes ahead of the first Twenty20 international against South Africa on Friday.