Every decent career has to come to an end but sometimes that tragic end outclasses the achievements of a player. The End of Alex Hales is one of those chapters.
Alexander Daniel Hales is an English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman, having made his One Day International debut against India in August 2014. The opening batsman is the first English batsman to score a T20I century. He is also the first International batsman to be ousted for 99 in an ODI and a T20I. He has had quite a decent career featuring in 140 plus matches for England scoring 27 half-centuries and 7 centuries. But After an Incident in 2019, he was never called again to represent the English team.
The incident that led to the end of Alex Hales
The English cricketer was banned for 21 days in April 2019 after he tested positive for recreational drug use. He was withdrawn from the preliminary squad for the 2019 World Cup and the T20I and ODI squads for the series against Ireland and Pakistan to create a favourable environment around the geriatric national team.
Eoin Morgan, England’s skipper at that time in white-ball formats, plainly said at that time that the team was in no position to trust Hales after that incident.
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Several Occasions were there to Consider Alex Hales but ECB didn’t use him
During the Pakistan tour of England back in 2021, the England ODI squad was compelled to self-isolate after positive Covid-19 tests. England named an inexperienced 18-man replacement squad for their ODI series with Pakistan but didn’t contemplate Alex Hales. He was a strong contender to be back in the squad Courtesy of having too much International experience and at that time England made certain that he couldn’t come close to the squad.
In the past, two to three years the England Cricket board has given priority to James Vince and Sam billings ahead of him. They have also tried Tom Banton, and Phil salt to bridge that gap left by the omission of Alex Hales but that has not been up to the mark.
This year again when England cricket has just been hit with numerous Injuries and they are assigned to play 7 T20Is against Pakistan it was the exact time to call him if the intention towards him were quite clear. They have nominated a squad against Pakistan but have not deemed Alex Hales.
What do other cricketers say about the End of Alex Hales?
Back in 2021, Alex Hales’ BBL coach Shane Bond said that the opener has matured now.
Bond, the ex-New Zealand fast bowler, believes Hales is being punished way too much. He suggested it was time for the England team to move on from the past.
“The one thing about Alex is his quality has never been a question,” Morgan told Sky Sports.
“It’s whether the team would like him in the side, or the captain can trust him, or the coach, or the selectors. I think I’m right in saying Rob Key said he is usable for selection, so that implies he goes into a pool of players with the likes of Will Jacks, Phil Salt, and Will Smeed, that sort of calibre of player”, Morgan expanded.
This T20 world-cup will be the sure end of Alex Hales and will not be able to represent England in future
With Injuries hitting the England squad, Jason Roy fetching out of the form and the Sudden omission of Jonny Bairstow, nonetheless if England cricket does not name him then he can never be called again in the future. However, there are chances of him returning to the side after 3 years.
Most cricket fans are anticipating the Inclusion of a right-arm tall batter in the squad for the world cup after Bairstow’s Injury but that is not going to be the case. England is going to employ Phil salt, harry brook, Will speed and will Jack instead of him and he is nowhere near to their’s plan and that is quite sure. so we can say that this world up will put the curtains down on the gleaming career of him having one last bad chapter.