England has roped in the fiery batter, Alex Hales for the first time since 2019 as a replacement for injured Jonny Bairstow in their upcoming T20 World Cup squad. Hales has not played for England once since being dropped from the 50-over World Cup squad in March 2019 because of an ‘off-field incident’.
Alex Hales will be making his comeback to international cricket as he replaces the injured Jonny Bairstow in England’s squad for the next T20 World Cup in Australia. Bairstow was ruled out of the squad after sustaining a left leg injury while playing golf last week.
Hales, who last played for England in March 2019, was dropped from international cricket for failing an ECB recreational drug test for the second time. The 33-year-old has been batting explosively at the top for a while now in different franchise T20 leagues and is now ready to make a strong comeback in white-ball cricket. He has also been added to England’s T20 squad for September’s tour of Pakistan.
Alex Hales has also been added to our squads for the #T20WorldCup and IT20 tour of Pakistan 🏏
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 7, 2022
England announced their squad for the T20 World Cup, which gets underway on October 16 and runs until 13 November. The seven-match series in Pakistan, meanwhile, will start on September 20. Alexa Hales said, “the last three years have probably been the best I’ve played in T20 cricket”, as quoted by BBC.
England squad for the Men’s T20 World Cup: Jos Buttler (C), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood. Traveling Reserves: Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Tymal Mills.
England’s squad for T20 series in Pakistan: Jos Buttler (C), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Jordan Cox, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Alex Hales, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Luke Wood, Mark Wood.