England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan and the team management could have more selection headaches for his side in the upcoming summer. It is due to Alex Hales’ possibility of a return to the setup, having stayed outside of the national team for more than a year now. Eoin Morgan has hinted at the right-handed batsman’s inclusion in coloured clothing for the home season that includes limited-overs games against Sri Lanka.
Alex Hales initially made it to England’s 2019 World Cup squad; however, testing positive for recreational drugs ousted from the national team. But despite performing well in the 2020-21 edition of the Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder, Hales has not earned a recall for the limited-overs leg in India. He topped the run-scoring charts with 543 runs in 15 matches at 38.78 alongside three fifties and one century.
Eoin Morgan stated that there could be a chance that he could join the team and revealed that Alex Hales texted him during the lockdown. Nevertheless, Morgan believes that the trust Hales has lost will take time to rebuild and new members wanting to or trying to join their setup has not been possible due to COVID.
“There is a chance that he might be around the group. He texted me the day we went into lockdown. I haven’t spoken to him. My view on that has always been that the trust that Alex has lost will take time to rebuild and one of the issues we have had around having players who would either be trying to get into the side or wanting to come in and us have a look at them in and around training, hasn’t been possible around Covid,” Moran told The Times.
Trying to integrate players in that sense hasn’t been possible during this period: Eoin Morgan
The Irishman claimed that trying to integrate players has not been plausible during this challenging period. Morgan hopes that by the time they reach England for the home summer, restrictions could be eased and the opportunity for players coming in and out could take place.
“Trying to integrate players in that sense hasn’t been possible during this period. It’s looking like by the time we get home for the international summer the restrictions might be eased so that for the process of getting guys in and around the squad, there could be an opportunity to do that,” he added.