Strauss un­happy af­ter pair pull out of tour

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Eng­land team direc­tor An­drew Strauss has spo­ken of his “dis­ap­point­ment” at the de­ci­sion of Alex Hales and Eoin Mor­gan to miss the up­com­ing tour of Bangladesh. The duo opted against trav­el­ling, de­spite highly re­garded se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor Reg Dick­a­son as­sur­ing Eng­land man­age­ment that it is safe to do so. That leaves Eng­land without their record-break­ing one-day opener Hales and their ODI cap­tain Mor­gan. “While we un­der­stand and re­spect Eoin and Alex’s de­ci­sion we are dis­ap­pointed that they have made them­selves un­avail­able to tour Bangladesh,” said Strauss. “We have had open and hon­est con­ver­sa­tions with all the play­ers about the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments in Bangladesh and at this stage we are not ex­pect­ing any other in­di­vid­u­als to with­draw. “As with all Eng­land tours, the safety and se­cu­rity of play­ers and staff is of the ut­most im­por­tance to ECB. “We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion in Bangladesh, take ad­vice and con­sider the ap­pro­pri­ate steps up to and through­out the five weeks we are on tour.” The rest of the Eng­land squad will travel to Bangladesh for a five-week tour on Septem­ber 29 with Jos But­tler step­ping up to lead the side.

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