ICC World Cup 2019: Alex Hales Has Lost the Trust of the Team – Michael Vaughan
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan believes that the Three Lions’ recently-suspended opener Alex Hales might not play again in the World Cup following the drug-test exposure. Recently, the top-order batsman was removed from England’s World Cup squad. Vaughan cited that Hales has lost the trust of his teammates. Also, missed the golden chance of featuring in the ICC World Cup 2019.
Pertinently, the decision came for the team’s interest after Hales has committed his second offence.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has withdrawn Hales from their coveted squad due to the consumption of recreational drugs. Thus, the managing director Ashley Giles and ECB’s national selectors have reached to the decision.
The 44-year-old former batsman Vaughan further feels it is an end of a road for Hales.
Vaughan further reiterated that the 30-year-old right-handed batsman has missed out on a career-defining chapter to represent his county at home in the quadrennial event.
Hales has lost trust:
Meanwhile, the twelfth edition of the World Cup will run between May 30 and July 14 in the United Kingdom (UK).
“I don’t know how he comes back from this. He has lost the opportunity of playing for his country in a World Cup on home soil. And he’ll live with that forever,” Vaughan revealed on the Tuffers and Vaughan podcast on BBC Radio 5 Live.
As ECB wanted to keep things under the carpet, one of the British newspapers revealed Hales was serving a three-week ban following a positive drug test ahead of the ODI showpiece.
Here, it becomes interesting to see England management giving no leeway whatsoever to those who are trying to malign the game.
Hales fails to learn from the mistakes:
Well, the discipline of players had witnessed a significant change following the Bristol episode involving Ben Stokes as Hales was the party to it.
On the other side, the Cricket Discipline Commission for ECB has sanctioned Hales for taking to the social media.
Vaughan maintained Bristol episode has somewhat se the wrong precedent. He added, Hales has lost the firm belief of the team in him.
“Bristol was a line-in-the-sand moment, they all realise they have to be better role models. Alex Hales was on a 12-month suspended sentence from his actions in Bristol. I don’t know how he comes back from this, he has lost the trust of the team,” Vaughan inferred.
Hales has featured in 70 ODIs, 60 T20Is and 11 Tests since 2011.
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