'World-class' Hales backed for England recall

23 May 2020 20:36:48 GMTPlus10

All-rounder Chris Woakes feels that exiled batsman Alex Hales should be "allowed a second chance" with England.

Hales was dropped by England following an off-field incident in April last year and had to watch on as his team-mates won the ICC World Cup on home soil.

The 31-year-old opener has spent much of the winter playing franchise T20 cricket across the globe, notching 815 runs in 22 T20 outings since December as he attempts to state his case for a recall with a T20 World Cup on the horizon.

England's one-day skipper Eoin Morgan has said that the door is still open to Hales but that would require a big change of heart from the World Cup-winning captain, who said last May that a "complete breakdown in trust" had led to Hales being dropped by England.

However, Woakes believes that if Hales has learned from the lessons that brought about his omission from the international set-up, then he would have no problem seeing Hales back in an England shirt.

"I'm a believer that people serve their time, so to speak," Woakes told ESPN Cricinfo. "He's gone through a tough time being left out of the World Cup and going on to see that team lift the trophy must have been difficult for him.

"I think if people have gone away for a time and worked on their weaknesses they should be allowed a second chance.

"Alex is a world-class player," Woakes added. "I have played a lot of cricket with him from a young age.

"I'd be happy to see Alex back in England colours."

England areĀ 5.00 to add the 20-over world title to their 50-over crown at the T20 World Cup 2020 which begins in Australia this October.

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