Alex Hales who earned a call-up to the England ODI side on Monday, has said that he is grateful he was not picked for IPL 2014, allowing him time to improve his four-day game. Hales was one of the English players passed over by franchises during the auction in February 2014. Hales , who is a regular in England's T20 side, had made a strong case for an ODI spot with three List-A hundreds in the last three weeks. "Had I got picked up in the IPL who knows whether we would have been having this conversation now," Hales said. –Agenices