Hales deserves 'second chance', says England's Woakes

Paola Ditto
Mag 23, 2020

Chris Woakes says he would be happy to see Alex Hales back playing for England, following on from his 21-day ban for recreational drug use that cost him his World Cup place past year.

Hales' last cap came in a T20 global against the West Indies in March a year ago, but the opener could be called upon again with England expected to name a larger 30-man squad in the coming weeks for a coronavirus-affected, congested summer schedule of cricket. He " s gone through a tough time being left out of the World Cup and going on to see that team lift the trophy must have been hard for him. "I don " t 100 percent know what will happen but I " d be happy to see Alex back in England colours".

"In a way I felt sorry for him, but I understood the decision from the management, the captain and the rest of the team".

But while Morgan stated that trust still needs to be rebuilt and "11 months is actually not that long ago", the sudden need for a pool of up to 45 players to cover England's rescheduled Test and limited-overs summer could prompt a rethink. I think if people have gone away for a time and worked on their weaknesses they should be allowed a second chance.

Chris Woakes would welcome Alex Hales back into the England team if the explosive batsman is handed the chance to atone for his off-field mistakes.

Hales, who has played 60 T20Is was a member of the England side that reached the final of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2016 in India.

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On May 20, the England Cricket Board confirmed that 18 bowlers will resume training as the country plans for a return of worldwide cricket.

As part of the protocols put in place by the England and Wales Cricket Board, Woakes was required to take his own temperature, enter information into an app, arrive at the ground in his training kit and wash his hands before the session began. "If Alex is willing to do that then I imagine everyone would be happy to see him back".

"It's not my call but I think Alex is a world-class player".

Warwickshire all-rounder Woakes, asked about the prospect of Hales playing for England again, told reporters on Friday: "I don " t know 100 percent if it " s the right decision, it " s not my call". "If they've gone away and worked on what they need to work on, I don't see why anyone would see it any differently".

"We've got a culture and an environment in the England squad that we all try to pull in the right direction and all try to do the best for the team", Woakes said.

Now he has received significant support in the form of one of the senior players who banished him past year in Woakes after his own return to individual training this week. I would imagine the majority would have the kind of views I have given.

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