England fast bowler Chris Woakes believes fellow countrymen Alex Hales deserves a “second chance”. The England opener was axed from England’s World Cup squad after he failed a second drug test.
Chris Woakes calls Hales a “world-class player.” The English all-rounder also admitted that he will be happy to see Hales back in the national setup.
“I don’t 100 percent know what will happen but I’d be happy to see Alex back in England colors. I would imagine the majority would have the kind of views I have given. People deserve a second 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.
Hales had established himself as a vital cog of the England Batting unit. He had cemented a slot for himself as England’s go-to batter especially after the 2015 ICC World Cup.
“I think if people have gone away for a time 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 young age actually. We have a culture and an 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,” Woakes commented.
Earlier England captain Eoin Morgan mentioned how Hales can don the England jersey again. Morgan said that the “door is still open” for Hales if he gains back the trust of the management.
The England Cricket Board confirmed that 18 bowlers resumed training on May 20. England became the first cricket playing nation to commence training for its players.