ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Alex Hales still has international future despite expulsion from England squad, says Trevor Bayliss

But Bayliss said the door was open for the hard-hitting 30-year-old Alex Hales, who has played 70 one-day internationals and 60 Twenty20 internationals

Agence France-Presse, May 07, 2019 20:48:30 IST

London: England head coach Trevor Bayliss says Alex Hales still has an international future despite being axed from the World Cup squad after he reportedly failed a second positive test for recreational drug use.

File image of Trevor Bayliss and Alex Hales. Reuters

File image of Trevor Bayliss and Alex Hales. Reuters

The Nottinghamshire player was named in England's preliminary 15-man squad for the tournament beginning later this month only to be withdrawn last week.

England's one-day captain Eoin Morgan last week said Hales' actions "have shown complete disregard" for team values.

But Bayliss said the door was open for the hard-hitting 30-year-old batsman, who has played 70 one-day internationals and 60 Twenty20 internationals.

"Alex still has an international future. I have spoken to him and given him that message. It's certainly not the end of him. He's a very important player and there is no reason why he can't come back," Bayliss told Sky Sports.

He added: "I think we've come to the right decision. Being respected off the field as well as on it is very important."

And the Australian head coach said the England selectors would have to make a "very difficult decision" following the impressive form of newcomer Jofra Archer, who made his debut against Ireland last week.

Speaking about the Barbados-born all-rounder, Bayliss said: "He's fitted into the group extremely well. He's a fairly quiet sort of a guy. He looked very nervous in that first game in Ireland as anyone making their debuts usually are. I thought he bowled some good spells, or one or two spells in Ireland without too much luck and I thought he bowled pretty well in the T20 match a couple of days ago. It's all looking good. It's going to be a very difficult decision for the selectors, whichever way we go."

Updated Date: May 07, 2019 20:49:44 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254