England Cricket Board has continued to overlook their explosive opening batsman Alex Hales as they announced their list of cricketers who need to join the training sessions after the Coronavirus pandemic. In case you forgot, ECB suspended Alex for 21 days after he consumed drugs for recreational purposes just days before the ICC World Cup 2019.
His teammate Chris Woakes stated a few days back that he would not mind welcoming Alex Hales back into the English side because he is a talented guy. Also, age does not allow an individual to play cricket forever as even Sachin Tendulkar had to retire from the sport one day.
Alex Hales missing from England’s list
The list announced by England Cricket Board surprisingly features 14 uncapped cricketers. However, the name of Alex Hales did not appear. Here is the full list:
England training group: Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Dom Bess, Sam Billings, James Bracey, Stuart Broad, Henry Brookes, Pat Brown, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Brydon Carse, Mason Crane, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Joe Denly, Ben Duckett, Laurie Evans, Ben Foakes, Richard Gleeson, Lewis Gregory, Sam Hain, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Chris Jordan, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Matt Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, James Vince, Amar Virdi, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
The board’s performance director Mo Bobat announced the list and stated: “It’s really pleasing to be in a position to have players returning to training and a huge amount of work has been done by many to get us this far.”
He pointed out these cricketers are the future of England Cricket and the selectors will make future decisions after seeing their performance in training.