Alex Hales returns to England’s international squad after last appearing in March 2019. Alex Hales makes his long-awaited comeback to international cricket as the substitute for Jonathan Bairstow, who was ruled out with a left ankle injury received last week, therefore ending his prospects of competing in the tournament. They will also go to Pakistan for a seven-match T20I series in preparation for the World Cup. Rob Key, the Managing Director for England’s men’s cricket team, said that Hales’ name was considered for the World Cup, but Bairstow was ultimately selected to partner Jos Buttler at the top.
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“Alex Hales was considered when we discussed who the ideal opening partner for Jos was,” Key explained. “His name came up frequently, but we believed Jonny Bairstow was the guy for the job at the World Cup. I’ve stated on several times that I believe Alex Hales has done his sentence for his misdeeds.
Now it’s all about form, selection, and if we believe they’re the right person for the job.” Bairstow’s injury, along with England’s decision to drop Jason Roy due to his poor form, has paved the way for Hales to make his international debut.
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During his international absence, Hales has participated in a number of T20 leagues throughout the world. In particular, the 33-year-old has performed admirably in Australia’s Big Bash League, where he has amassed 1857 runs in 60 appearances while averaging 33.16 and striking at a strike rate of 151.34. Healey’s familiarity with Australian conditions might give England’s batting an advantage in the T20 World Cup.