No place for Hales in squad for ODIs

Western Daily Press - - Sport - DAVID CHARLESWOR­TH Press As­so­ci­a­tion

ALEX Hales re­mains in the Eng­land wilder­ness af­ter na­tional se­lec­tor Ed Smith backed limited-overs cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan’s de­ci­sion to freeze out the big-hit­ting bats­man.

Not­ting­hamshire’s Hales, below, has six hun­dreds and av­er­ages nearly 38 in 70 one-day in­ter­na­tion­als, but has not been se­lected since his ax­ing from the squad on the eve of last year’s Cricket World Cup af­ter fail­ing a se­cond test for recre­ational drugs.

Mor­gan ex­plained in May that “more time” is needed be­fore Hales is in­te­grated, so it was lit­tle sur­prise he was not in­cluded in a 24-strong group to pre­pare for three ODIs against Ire­land.

“I have noth­ing to add to what Eoin Mor­gan has said about Alex,”

Smith said on Sky Sports. “We know how good a player he is, we know where he stands. Eoin’s been very clear about his com­ments, we sup­port that and that’s the sit­u­a­tion we’re in.”

Just eight mem­bers of Eng­land’s World Cup-win­ning squad have been in­cluded for the series against Ire­land, which will take place be­tween July 30 and Au­gust 4 be­hind closed doors at the Ageas Bowl. With Tests against the West Indies and Pak­istan ei­ther side of that win­dow, Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Jos But­tler, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes are among the no­table ab­sen­tees from the ODI set-up.

Som­er­set play­ers Tom Ban­ton and Lewis Gre­gory are in­cluded.

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