Alex Hales believes Nottinghamshire will “have to win it the hard way” after being paired with Hampshire in today’s NatWest T20 Blast semi-finals.

The Royal London One-Day Cup winners are aiming to complete the domestic cup double by beating Hampshire and then Glamorgan or Birmingham Bears at a sold-out Edgbaston.

Notts have never won the T20 title and Hales, who has contributed 485 runs at an electric strike-rate of 206.38 - is wary of Hampshire’s threat.

Hales said: “I think Hampshire are the toughest team we could have played.

"We have to put the yards in and be at our best to beat them. They have Shahid Afridi and Liam Dawson, as well as Mason Crane.”

Notts (from): Taylor, Libby, Mullaney, Broad, Wessels, Hales, Gurney, Wood, Patel, Moores, Hutton, Ball, Christian, Sodhi, B Root.