Vishal Mehra
Vishal Mehra
Author ∙ Aug 18 2022, 12:10 PM

No questions over Alex Hales' quality, but trust is an issue: Eoin Morgan

image-l6yx1rcqAlex Hales become the first English player to score 10,000 T20 runs

Out of favour, England opener Alex Hales has been dishing out runs in abundance lately. Hales, just shy of one run from 200 runs in the ongoing 100-ball tournament, is making a case for himself for a return to the national T20 side with Jason Roy's ongoing lean patch.

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Former England captain Eoin Morgan, who had urged selectors to drop Hales back in 2019 due to trust issues after the former tested positive for recreational drugs, has now put his weight behind Hales. He, however, made it clear that trust remains a big concern.

"There's one thing about Alex, his quality has never been a question. It's whether the team would like him in the side, or captains can trust him, or the coach, or the selectors,"

"Rob Key said he is available for selection, so that means he goes into a pool of players with the likes of Will Jacks, Phil Salt, Will Smeed, that sort of calibre of player," Morgan told Sky Sports.

Hales could get in: Nasser Hussain

image-l6yz532yHales has been in phenomenal form for Rockets

Former England captain Nasser Hussain echoed similar views to that for Morgan, and about Hales getting his due after performing across the globe in franchise cricket. 

"I try and pick people on their ability as a cricketer really. He did the crime, he served his time, forgive, move on. He gets in that long line that Eoin mentioned. It's a bit easier for him now because there is no Morgan, there is no (Ben) Stokes in 50-over cricket. There are a couple of opportunities,"

"But you cannot tell me from what we've seen in domestic franchises around the world that Alex Hales is not a serious cricketer."


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