Alex Hales to cheer for England despite being snubbed
England may have axed opening batsman Alex Hales from their ICC World Cup 2019 squad, but that won't stop the aggressive player from cheering on for his side. He was withdrawn from the squad following a second failed drugs test. It's an important time ahead for him though. We take a look at the same.
Things changed for Hales in a short span of time
Hales was expected to be the back-up opening batsmen for England in the 2019 World Cup. But things changed for him drastically after reports surfaced that he used recreational drugs for the second time. The player saw himself get replaced by James Vince in England's final 15-member squad for the coveted event starting May 30.
I will be watching and cheering for England: Hales
Hales said that he will continue to back England. "I'm still a fan and I wish all the boys the best. What we've done over the last few years is unbelievable so they deserve to win it so I'll be sat there watching and cheering."
Can England win the World Cup?
Hales feels England deserve to win after all the work over the last few years. We agree with Hales here. The Three Lions are indeed the favorites and could give teams a run for their money. They have played a positive brand of cricket with complete dominance on offer. England look like a side that will be hard to beat at their own backyard.
Hales gets picked in the Caribbean Premier League draft
The positive news for Hales is that he was the first pick in the Caribbean Premier League draft. The stylish batsman was picked by Barbados Tridents. This will give him something to build upon as he prepares himself for a long road ahead. "I just want to get back to playing what I love most and that's cricket," said Hales.
Long road ahead for Hales in terms of a comeback
Hales said that he has to follow a process as directed by the ECB. He is expected to start training soon. The next 12 months will be extremely busy for Hales with a lot of cricket on offer. He will feature in the Vitality Blast with Nottinghamshire and then there is the CPL from September 4. It's an exciting road ahead.
Hales targets World Twenty20 after serving drugs ban
"That's one of my aims, that T20 World Cup, and I'm going to go through the process, try to score some runs in these tournaments, enjoy my cricket and see where we go," said Hales after being bought by Barbados.