Alex Hales was one of the pillars of England’s batting leading up to the World Cup. The right-handed batsman played a crucial role in helping his country transform their One-Day International batting. He was all set to represent England in the 2019 World Cup at home.
After being named in the provisional 15 member squad of the World Cup, Hales failed a drug test. The swashbuckling top-order batsman was tested positive for a recreational drug, due to which he was no longer a part of England’s squad.
Alex Hales is a world-class player – Chris Woakes
His fellow teammate Chris Woakes recently said that Alex Hales deserves another chance to play for England. The England fast bowler stated that he would be happy to see Hales in England colours again. Woakes who returned to training recently backed Hales to make a return in international cricket again.
“I don’t know what will happen but I’d be happy to see Alex back in England colours. I would imagine the majority would have the kind of views I have given. People deserve a send chance, as long as they’ve gone away and worked on a few things. I don’t know why anyone would see that any differently”, Woakes said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
The 31-year-old Hales has represented England in 70 ODIs, 60 T20Is and 11 Tests respectively. Chris Woakes acknowledged the fact that Alex Hales is a world-class player. The two has played a lot of cricket together from a very young age, and the seamer expects to play with Hales again in the England side.
“I think if people have gone away and worked on their weaknesses, they should be allowed a second chance. Alex is a world-class player. I have played a lot of Cricket with him from a very young age actually”.
“We have a culture and environment in the England squad that we all try and pull in the right direction. If Alex is willing to do that then I imagine everyone would be happy to see him back playing for England again”, concluded Woakes.