Alex Hales says he is still ‘desperate’ to play for England, almost two years since he was dropped from the white-ball squad a matter of weeks before the World Cup. After being involved in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub with Ben Stokes in 2017, Hales tested positive for recreational drugs in the build-up to the World Cup and was swiftly axed from the squad as England cited a breakdown in trust.
“I’m obviously desperate to get back into the England team,” Hales said. “The pinnacle of cricket is still international cricket, so I’d love to be able to force my way back into that limited-overs side somehow.”
“One of the things that have been said in the media is that there needs to be a certain amount of time and trust rebuilt, I feel like two years is a very long time in an international sportsman’s career – two years is a very long time at the peak of your cricket,” he added.
“I’d like to have some conversations with some people over, hopefully, the next couple of months and see how I can go about regaining trust as I’m currently not around the squad. I feel that is something that is hard to do when you are not actually around the people whose trust you need to win back.” Hales continued. “Hopefully I can have those conversations about if there is a way back into the team and if there is no way back then it would be nice just to have some clarity, one way or the other.”