England batsman Alex Hales underwent a 21-day ban for the use of recreational drugs which saw him face the 2019 World Cup snub as he still waits for ‘another chance’ to play for the national team. Though after the ban Alex Hales has plied his trade in franchise leagues across the world and said he has ‘matured’ as a player, his limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan thinks about the situation differently.
Alex Hales, 31, had said that he wants to make a comeback for the side. But Morgan has quashed his hopes suggesting that he would need time to re-build the trust. “Playing cricket for England is about on- and off-the-field values that we adhere to, or do our best to adhere to, and Alex showed complete disregard for them,” Morgan said.
“If he can build them up that for as long as he can, then hopefully an opportunity will present itself down the line. But I think, given that it could have derailed a World Cup campaign, it might take some more time, yes.”
Nasser Hussain: Alex Hales did the crime but he has served the time
Former England captain and cricket pundit Nasser Hussain is unhappy with Eoin Morgan’s treatment of Alex Hales. He has suggested that Alex Hales ‘did a crime’ and paid his price for it and that should be enough. Hussain feels Morgan is pushing the topic a fraction too much and rules should be similar for everyone.
“He did the crime but he has served the time and missed out on a World Cup win and one of the great days at Lord’s. Is that not enough of a price to pay?” Hussain said on the Sky Cricket Show as per Daily Mail.
“I feel Eoin Morgan is pushing this a fraction. It can’t be one rule for one and another for Alex Hales. I don’t know how he wins back trust from the team without being allowed back in the team. “How can he get back if they don’t give him another chance? They are being a little harsh now,” he added.
Hales made his last appearance in Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year.