Morgan cools talk of Hales recall

28 May 2020 20:43:28 GMTPlus10

England's one-day captain Eoin Morgan says more time is needed before Alex Hales can make his international return.

Hales was dropped by England on the eve of last summer's World Cup for "an off-field incident" which led to a "complete breakdown in trust", according to captain Morgan.

I've spoken to Alex and certainly see an avenue for him to come back.

Eoin Morgan

The opening batsman was forced to watch on as Morgan and England were crowned world champions in dramatic fashion on home soil against New Zealand, recently expressing his regret at being sidelined for the historic achievement.

Hales has spent the winter playing T20 cricket across the globe with great success and earlier this month spoke of his ambitions to return to the international stage.

England all-rounder Chris Woakes has also said that he would have no problems if Hales were to make a return to the one-day side.

However, while Morgan says that the door is not closed to the Nottinghamshire batsman, his actions could have jeopardised England's World Cup bid last year and more time may be required.

"I've spoken to Alex and certainly see an avenue for him to come back," Morgan told the BBC. "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."

Morgan will lead England's attempt to add the T20 World Cup to the 50-over title they won last summer in October.

His side areĀ 5.00 to win T20 World Cup 2020, with hosts Australia 3.50.

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