Alex Hales has been ruled out from all England squads ahead of the international season. He will also miss the ICC World Cup to be hosted by England later this month.
What’s the story?
England has dropped Alex Hales from all England squads ahead of the international season, including the World Cup squad in the wake of his 21- day ban for using recreational drugs.
As a result, the Nottinghamshire batsman will not be taking his place in the squads for the one-off ODI versus Ireland and the T20i against Pakistan, the five-match ODI series against Pakistan and has been struck from the 15-man preliminary World Cup squad.
Commenting on the decision, Ashley Giles, ECB Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket said: “We have thought long and hard about this decision. We have worked hard to create the right environment around the England team and need to consider what is in the best interests of the team, to ensure they are free from any distractions and able to focus on being successful on the pitch.
Heart of the matter
On Friday, The Guardian reported that the Nottinghamshire batsman was serving a 21-day ban, as pre-determined by the governing body’s rules and regulations. Had it been his third failure, Hales would have received an automatic 12-month back and could see his international and domestic contract terminated immediately.
“I want to make it clear this is not the end of Alex’s career as an England player. The ECB and the PCA will continue to aid Alex and work alongside his county club Nottinghamshire to give him the support he needs, to help him fulfil his potential as a professional cricketer.”
James Vince has been selected to replace Alex Hales in the England setup. Vince will have the chance to state his case against Ireland this Friday and Pakistan, in a T20, on Sunday.
Though he has only played six ODIs on account of being a regular back-up to the regular top-order trio of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Hales, Vince’s strongest format is 50-over cricket. He has been in form in the English domestic 50-over competition with 402 runs from five innings so far.