Alex Hales: England’s Eoin Morgan says ‘more time’ needed before batsman can return

first_img(BBC) Captain Eoin Morgan says it needs “more time” before Alex Hales returns to the England side, saying he could have “derailed” last year’s World Cup bid. Hales has not played for England since being removed from the World Cup squad in May 2019 for an “off-field incident” – reportedly failing a drugs test.Alex HalesEngland will next week name a training squad of 30 players with a view to playing Test and limited-overs matches.Seamer Chris Woakes said he would be happy to see batsman Hales, 31, return. However, Morgan said: “I’ve spoken to Alex and certainly see an avenue for him to come back – but when there’s a breakdown of trust, the only healer is time.“It’s only been 12 or 13 months since the incident, which could have cost us four years of hard work.“Given it could have derailed a World Cup campaign, it might take some more time.”  Cricket is set to return from the coronavirus shutdown in July and, with a revamped schedule likely to be congested, it could necessitate separate Test and limited-overs squads. Nottinghamshire’s Hales averages almost 38 in 70 one-day internationals and was the second highest run-scorer in last winter’s edition of the Big Bash League, Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition.The men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in Australia in October and November this year, although the International Cricket Council are set to discuss whether it can still be staged at a meeting on Thursday.“It’s obviously not about performance with Alex,” added Morgan. “Playing cricket for England is about on and off the field, values we adhere to and Alex showed complete disregard for them.“He needs to build that up for as long as he can and then hopefully an opportunity will present itself down the line.”last_img read more

James could return against England

first_imgMOSCOW (AP):James Rodriguez “does not have a serious injury,” and that is good news for Colombia.The attacking midfielder, who was substituted with a calf muscle problem during last week’s 1-0 victory over Senegal, has undergone medical scans and could play today against England in the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup.”After his MRI we knew that he doesn’t have a serious injury,” Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said yesterday. “So we still have one and a half days to see how he feels.”If Rodriguez cannot play, Pekerman said forward Luis Muriel will step in as he did against Senegal.”He’s able to change the pace. He’s technically gifted. He’s really fast and can play well with teammates,” Pekerman said of the Sevilla forward. “He brings many skills to the pitch so of course we take him into account and we think he will be able to coordinate well if he has to play.”The team has previously said a swelling was found in Rodriguez’s calf muscle.While England were able to rest eight players for their last group game against Belgium, Colombia had to fight to the last minute to get past Senegal after losing their opening match to Japan. That gives the team the momentum England lacks, Pekerman said.”This gives us an important opportunity because we have played very tough, decisive matches until now,” Pekerman said. “This has made us stronger, more confident and we believe more in ourselves. We’re very self-confident and that will compensate the fact the other team has been able to rest more.”ResurgencePekerman also said this year’s World Cup has shown the resurgence of centre back Yerry Mina, who managed only six appearances for Barcelona last season. Mina scored twice in three games for Colombia in the group stage, including the goal that beat Senegal and secured advancement. The coach said Mina is back in the kind of form he showed in South America before moving to Spain.”He is the Yerry we know from Colombia, Brazil and the national team,” Pekerman said.”I think he can do great things wherever he plays, and with the national team even more.”last_img read more