Former England batsman Nick Compton has questioned England’s treatment of opener Alex Hales’ after the latter faced a snub from the 55-man training squad, set to resume practice, announced on Friday. Alex Hales was expecting to make a comeback for England after he said that he has ‘matured’ in the time away from the national team.
In this period, Hales featured in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and Caribbean Premier League (CPL), and maintained his rhythm. This comes after he did not find a place in the England World Cup squad after undergoing a 21-day ban for the use of recreational drugs.
England limited-over captain Eoin Morgan has been stubborn about his stand against Alex Hales’ suggesting that he will need time to rebuild the trust with the side. “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.”
Nick Compton reminds England of Ben Stokes’ ‘error’ to question their different treatment of Alex Hales
Nick Compton came out in support of Alex Hales and suggested that he was ready to put his mistakes behind to return to the game. Compton also feel Hales is being treated by England in a ‘ridiculous’ manner and reminded them about the Ben Stokes’ brawl outside the Bristol night club in 2018, adding his subsequent return to the team.
“I find the Hales treatment ridiculous. I spent a month in the Caribbean with him (cpl) and he was keen to put his mistakes to bed. Some might say the leadership have got a bit ahead of themselves. Stokes made a pretty bad error some time ago, were the rules different then?!,” Nick Compton tweeted.
I find the Hales treatment ridiculous. I spent a month in the Caribbean with him (cpl) and he was keen to put his mistakes to bed. Some might say the leadership have got a bit ahead of themselves. Stokes made a pretty bad error some time ago, were the rules different then?!
— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) May 29, 2020
Earlier, former England captain and cricket pundit Nasser Hussain had said that he is unhappy with the way Hales is being treated.