Former England captain Michael Vaughan has expressed his disappointment when he sees a name missing in the fresh 18-man squad England announced ahead of the ODI series against Pakistan. The COVID-19 that hit the English camp forced the selectors to name nine players who had not been hacked, and Ben Stokes was the captain. But Michael Vaughan was very disappointed not to see Alex Hales’ presence on the sidelines.
Alex Hales initially made the English 2019 World Cup squad; however, he tested positive for recreational medicine and was expelled from the national team. The right-handed batsman has not been wearing the English jersey since March 2019, but still impresses in franchise cricket. The 32-year-old was the top winner in the 2020-21 Big Bash League and scored 543 runs in 15 games at 38.78.
Hales is also one of the top five runners in the current issue of Vitality Blast. He built 382 runs in 11 games at 47.75, including one century and two fifties. In addition, he holds an overwhelming ODI record, hitting 2419 runs in 70 games at 37.79, by six tons, and hitting 95.72. Since Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow would miss the ODIs, England could also use some experience.
Michael Vaughan takes his official Twitter handle and expresses his fears about Hales approaching the end of his international career. The 46-year-old stressed that the opener’s mistake must be earned to be forgiven as he did his punishment time.
Below is Michael Vaughan’s tweet:
No Alex Hales … so it must be the end of his international career … find it very sad that someone who made a big mistake but was punished can not get another chance … we make a mistake Every week … !!! Those who say they are not lying … # On
– Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 6 July 2021
Nevertheless, English white ball skipper Eoin Morgan has already underestimated Hales’ return to the kraal. Morgan had no doubt about the quality of the 32-year-old, but the Irishman revealed that they have numerous options among top batsmen. Furthermore, Morgan acknowledged there are talks between them, management and Hales.