‘I will have to speak to the people involved’ – Rob Key suggests Alex Hales’ return to England setup

In 2019, Alex Hales became mired in controversy after failing a recreational drug test for the 50-over World Cup in England and Wales.

Ales Hales from England.  Thanks to: Reuters

Ales Hales from England. Thanks to: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hales last played for England in 2019
  • Hales recently withdrew from IPL 2022
  • Key said Hales has had enough punishment

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) general manager Rob Key has backed veteran batter Alex Hales to make a comeback in the national lineup. Hales, 33, has not played for the Three Lions since his name was removed at home from the 2019 World Cup. The veteran failed a recreational drug test and lost the confidence of England’s ODI and T20I skipper Eoin Morgan.

Last summer, former selector Ed Smith talked about the idea of ​​having Hales train with the British national team. But before his idea could be substantiated, Smith lost his job. Key, also a former batter from England, felt that Hales has taken enough punishment in the past three years.

‘He’s done his time’

“I’ll have to talk to the people involved in that decision, but I would have Alex Hales available for selection. I think he’s had his time. But does that mean he’ll be on the team? That’s another debate.” , was Key. as quoted.

After being left out of the England team, Hales has played in a number of T20 competitions around the world. The righthanded batter has competed in the Big Bash League (BBL), the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Hales would also play for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Men in Gold and Purple bought him in the mega auction at his base price of INR 1.50 crore.

However, the 33-year-old withdrew from the tournament, citing ‘bubble fatigue’. After that, KKR had to bring in Australian limited-over skipper Aaron Finch to replace Hales.

In 11 Tests, 70 ODIs and 60 T20Is, Middlesex-born Hales has scored 573, 2419 and 1644 runs respectively, with 7 centuries and 27 half-centuries to his name.

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