Cricket

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

  • Agence France-Presse
  • May 7th, 2019
  • 20:49:44 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player was named in England's preliminary 15-man squad for the tournament beginning later this month only to be withdrawn last week.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

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

England appoint former opener Marcus Trescothick as batting coach; Jon Lewis, Jeetan Patel get full-time roles
First Cricket News

England appoint former opener Marcus Trescothick as batting coach; Jon Lewis, Jeetan Patel get full-time roles

Trescothick will take over from Jonathan Trott, who replaced South African Jacques Kallis in the ongoing tour. Kallis had played the role of a batting consultant for England in Sri Lanka.

India vs England: Jack Leach ready to give his best in 'slightly different role' during pink ball Test
First Cricket News

India vs England: Jack Leach ready to give his best in 'slightly different role' during pink ball Test

Leach is aware that with the pink ball, which tends to move around a lot more than the traditional red cherry, his role could change over the next few days.