Vokes will welcome Oils Hales back to the dressing room in England


Retrieved 22 May 2020, 23:20 IST

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England batsman Alex Hales

If the explosive batsman is given a chance to atone for a mistake off the field, Chris Oaks welcomes Alex Hales back into the England squad.

The Nottinghamshire opener could be given another chance in international cricket next week when England selectors are expected to select a Test and limited-overs training group.

Hales recently told the Daily Mail that he hoped his previous mistakes could be “forgiven and forgotten”, especially in the run-up to last year’s World Cup when England’s plans were dropped before they famously won.

According to the detailed report, that Hales did not deny, he tested positive for a recreational drug and received a 21-day ban.

His management said Hales had completed “certain rehabilitation arrangements” and was “devastated” to lose his World Cup venue.

England limited-overs captain Ein Morgan called Hales a “complete breach of confidence” after playing 141 matches for his country.

However, officials from the England and Wales Cricket Board have recently spoken out about his future, saying he could not finish as England cricketer.

England all-rounder Oos said of the prospect of recovery: “I don’t know if it’s a 100 per cent right decision. It’s not a call for me. I believe people serve their time, so to speak.

“After leaving the World Cup and the way that team went to pick up the trophy, he had a very difficult time going through it. It must have been a difficult problem for him.

“It’s not my call, but I think Alex is a world-class player. I’ve played a lot of cricket with him since I was very young.

“Somehow I felt sorry for him, but I understood the decision from the management, the captain and the rest of the team.

“I don’t know what will happen, but I’d be happy to see Alex back in the colors of England. I’ve got the idea that I have just been given the most outlook, I deserve a second chance at the people” if they leave and work on what they should be doing. But I don’t see why anyone would look at it differently. “

The 31-year-old, like Voles Hales, highlighted how dressing room standards demanded responsibility and accountability throughout the team.

“We’ve got a culture and an environment in the England squad that we all try to pull in the right direction and everyone tries to do their best for the team,” Oaks said.

“If Alex agrees to do that, I can imagine everyone would be happy to see him play for England again.”