Facing the cameras on Nottinghamshire’s annual media day, Hales admitted the hurt of going down last year, but was full of optimism with the new season just around the corner.
“It seems like a fresh start; we were very disappointed to get relegated but the lads seem motivated to right the wrongs of last season”, he told Notts TV.
“It was a gutting feeling, we pride ourselves on red ball cricket but hopefully we can come straight back up”.
“We want to be there or thereabouts in the T20 too and want to be pushing in all three formats”.
The England opener, who has 11 test caps and 41 ODI appearances to his name, was also hopeful for his international prospects in the summer, with the One Day Champions Trophy competition coming to England.
“It’s going to be an interesting season for me.”
“The biggest aim for me is in the international side is the Champions Trophy and we’ve got a really good chance on home turf to stamp our authority, but it’s definitely the most exciting as I’ve been for a season with Notts”.
Nottinghamshire begin their Championship campaign away at Durham on Friday 14th April – a clash of the two relegated sides.