England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan in a recent interview advised Alex Hales to be patient and wait for his chance to play for the national team. Hales was reported to be on a three-week ban for recreational drug use last year, before the 2019 ODI World Cup.
In the aftermath of his ban, Hales was withdrawn from England’s preliminary World Cup squad and is yet to appear in the national jersey ever since.
More recently, the 31-year-old has been grabbing headlines for all the right reasons this time, as he eyes a return to the English team.
Hales finished the recently concluded Big Bash Twenty20 League (BBL) in Australia as the second-highest run-scorer of the tournament with 576 runs to his name.
Hales helped his team, Sydney Thunder, to a fifth-place finish in the league table, and naturally, performances like these will help him break into the national team.
Eoin Morgan asks Alex Hales to wait for a ‘considerable amount of time’:
When Morgan was asked about Hales’ possible return to the English team, he shed further light into the issue, revealed why Hales has been made to wait for a call-up.
“There was a breakdown in trust between Alex and the team,” Morgan told the BBC after England secured a T20 series win over South Africa on Sunday.
The English skipper further added, “When he was deselected, it was never down to performance. He is one of the best players in the world. Moving forward, to regain that trust there needs to be a considerable amount of time.”
After starring in the BBL, Hales will link up with Karachi Kings for the Pakistan Super League 2020.
Later, he will also turn out for Trent Rockets, in The Hundred, England’s 100-ball franchise competition.