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Alex Hales has not played for England since 2019 and admits he thinks his career is over; but openers are eager to take a chance after the call-up, with Pakistan T20 series ahead of next month’s World Cup; “I have changed,” Hales added

Last Updated: 16/09/22 11:57 pm

    Alex Hales insists he has changed and matured before returning to England

Alex Hales insists he has changed and matured before returning to England

Alex Hales admits he thinks his England career is over after three-and-a-half years in the wilds.

The Nottinghamshire tennis player has not represented his country since he was eliminated on the eve of the 2019 World Cup after two failed recreational drug tests.

Hales had to watch from the sidelines as his teammates won the tournament after a remarkable final against New Zealand at Lord’s.

But the 33-year-old made a quick comeback after he was called up to replace the injured Jonny Bairstow in Matthew Mott’s squad for next month’s tournament in Australia.

Jos Buttler says he hopes England can honor the Queen's departure while in Pakistan.  He also hopes T20I can help lift the morale of Pakistan after the recent floods.

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Jos Buttler says he hopes England can honor the Queen’s departure while in Pakistan. He also hopes T20I can help lift the morale of Pakistan after the recent floods.

Jos Buttler says he hopes England can honor the Queen’s departure while in Pakistan. He also hopes T20I can help lift the morale of Pakistan after the recent floods.

“I was thinking that the opportunity would not come,” Hales said in an article published by the Daily Telegraph. “As a cricketer, it’s your worst nightmare to be in the squad for the World Cup, miss the New Year’s Eve moment and then watch your team.

“Obviously, it’s great to see the team lift it up but at the same time it eats you inside that you’re supposed to be a part of but you’re not.”

England captain Ben Stokes is close to Hales, but that relationship soured after a late-night incident outside a Bristol nightclub in 2017, which resulted in the ex being charged and was eventually acquitted.

A 19-man England squad arrives in Karachi for the first time in 17 years to play a series of seven T20 international matches against Pakistan

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A 19-man England squad arrives in Karachi for the first time in 17 years to play a series of seven T20 international matches against Pakistan

A 19-man England squad arrives in Karachi for the first time in 17 years to play a series of seven T20 international matches against Pakistan

Former England captain Eoin Morgan also cited a “complete breakdown of confidence” because of Hales’ prolonged absence.

However, Hales’ form – coupled with Morgan’s retirement – has forced him back into the pickers mindset.

“I think I’ve changed,” added Hales, who will be on England’s tour of Pakistan starting on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports. “I’ve definitely grown up. Now I’m in my 30s and a veteran.

England captain Jos Buttler says the team is delighted to travel to Pakistan to play against a series of seven T20 internationals and use it to prepare for the World Cup later this year

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England captain Jos Buttler says the team is delighted to travel to Pakistan to play against a series of seven T20 internationals and use it to prepare for the World Cup later this year

England captain Jos Buttler says the team is delighted to travel to Pakistan to play against a series of seven T20 internationals and use it to prepare for the World Cup later this year

“I feel as if I’ve matured as a person and where I am right now on the pitch and off the pitch is probably the best thing of my career so far. To get the chance. again something I’m really proud of.

“It’s disappointing not to be on the team for three years. In the end, it’s my fault, isn’t it? I’m the one who did what I did. I just can’t give up.

“You have to look at yourself in the mirror and try to improve who you are and learn from your mistakes.”





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