Alex Hales takes an indefinite break from cricket due to ‘personal reasons’
His county Nottinghamshire in a statement mentioned that Hales has made himself unavailable and with an undefined return date.
Updated - Apr 20, 2019 3:22 pm
England opener Alex Hales who was a part of the provisional squad announced for the World Cup 2019 has taken a break from the game. He mentioned that it was due to personal reasons, however, wasn’t specified when he would be again available and whether or not it extends until the World Cup.
His county Nottinghamshire in a statement mentioned that Hales has made himself unavailable and with an undefined return date. “Alex Hales has made himself unavailable for selection for personal reasons and no timetable has been set for his return to action,” it said.
The 30-year-old has so far featured in 70 ODIs for the national team and has six hundreds to his name. He has been a key cog in the revival of England’s limited-overs cricket since 2015. In 2018 when the team rewrote the record for the highest score in an ODI with their 481/6 against Australia, Hales had contributed 147.
Hosts England will initiate their World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa on May 30. Leading into the tournament, they still have a couple of assignments lined up a one-off ODI against Ireland, followed by a one-match T20I and five-match ODI series against visiting Pakistan. Hales was also a part of the English squad for both the series.
England squad for the World Cup:
Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
May 30 (Thursday): England vs South Africa — The Oval – 3 p.m.
June 3 (Monday): England vs Pakistan – Trent Bridge – 3 p.m.
June 8 (Saturday): England vs Bangladesh – Cardiff – 3 p.m.
June 14 (Friday): England vs West Indies – Southampton – 3 p.m.
June 18 (Tuesday): England vs Afghanistan – Manchester – 3 p.m.
June 21 (Friday): England vs Sri Lanka – Headingley – 3 p.m.
June 25 (Tuesday): England vs Australia – Lords – 3 p.m.
June 30 (Sunday): England vs India – Birmingham – 3 p.m.
July 3 (Wednesday): England vs New Zealand – Durham – 3 p.m.