Alex Hales reveals he doesn’t think about the England team call-up anymore
Alex Hales, the highest run-getter in the BBL 2020-21 currently, hasn't played for England since March 2019
Updated - Jan 23, 2021 9:14 pm
Alex Hales hasn’t played an international match since March 2019, but he has been making news with his endeavors in the T20 franchise cricket. On Friday, playing for the Sydney Thunder, he smashed 110 from just 56 balls. His innings was a spectacle at the Adelaide Oval and completely battered the Sydney Sixers bowling unit. He continues to be sidelined by the England limited-overs side after he failed the drug test before the World Cup 2019 and was banned from the team.
In an interaction after his fantastic knock which also made him the highest run-getter of the tournament, he revealed that getting a national team call-up is not on his mind now. He also said that he wants to be engrossed in his cricket and he is too caught up with making his international comeback.
This incident took place after Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, wrote a tweet asking the England selectors indirectly to get him back in the national squad. He said that Hales deserves another chance. “Come on… He deserves to get another chance… time should be a great healer… @AlexHales has just struck 100 off 51 balls,” Vaughan tweeted.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 22, 2021
It was something I used to look at a lot: Alex Hales on England comeback
When Hales was asked about the tweet, he smiled and said, “He loves his Twitter. I’ve learned to sort of avoid social media, to be honest.” He further went on to say that he just wants to focus on helping Sydney Thunder win the Big Bash League and he is not thinking about the England comeback.
“It was something I used to look at a lot, but I just want to focus on enjoying my cricket and contributing to winning teams. If I get another crack at the international level then great, and if not then I’m going to keep enjoying cricket. At the moment, I’m not thinking about it,” Hales was quoted saying by cricket.com.au.
Previously, many experts and his teammates have said that they feel the dashing batsman should be given an opportunity. However, captain Eoin Morgan has said that there is still time before he is again reintegrated into the side. In the BBL 2020-21, he has scored 462 runs in 12 matches with a strike rate of 165. His performances are making a strong case and he could soon be back in the England side.