12/07/2022
With Jonny Bairstow injured and Jason Roy out of form, England have turned to the previously exiled Alex Hales for the T20 World Cup.

Hales, 33, who last represented England in March 2019, has also been added to the T20 squad for the tour of Pakistan.

Hales, an explosive batsman, was dropped from England’s Cricket World Cup-winning squad in 2019 after testing positive for recreational drugs prior to the tournament.

Then white-ball captain Eoin Morgan cited a “complete breakdown in trust” for Hales’ continued exile.

However, Jonny Bairstow will miss the tournament in Australia having suffered a “freak” injury while playing golf, and Jason Roy remains badly out of form.

Those events have led to a surprise return for 33-year-old Hales, who will also be part of England’s touring party for the seven-match T20I series in Pakistan, which starts on September 20. His last appearance was in a T20I fixture against West Indies in March 2019.

An ECB statement read: “Nottinghamshire batter Alex Hales has been called up to England’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup squad as a replacement for Yorkshire’s Jonathan Bairstow after a left-ankle injury sustained last week ended his chances of playing in the tournament.

“Hales, 33, who last represented England in March 2019, has also been added to the IT20 squad for the tour of Pakistan.”

Speaking to Sky Sports on Tuesday (September 6), Morgan said of Hales: “There’s one thing about Alex, his quality has never been a question. It’s whether the team would like him in the side, or captains can trust him, or the coach, or the selectors.

“[England’s men’s managing director] Rob Key said he is available for selection, so that means he goes into a pool of players with the likes of Will Jacks, Phil Salt, Will Smeed, that sort of calibre of player. But there’s no doubt he’s extremely destructive and a match-winner.”

England squad for T20 WC (Updated)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire, Captain)

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Harry Brook (Yorkshire)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)

Chris Jordan (Surrey)

Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)

Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Phil Salt (Lancashire)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

Reece Topley (Surrey)

David Willey (Yorkshire)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Mark Wood (Durham)

Travelling Reserves

Liam Dawson (Hampshire)

Richard Gleeson (Lancashire)

Tymal Mills (Sussex)

England Men’s IT20 Squad Tour of Pakistan

Jos Buttler (Lancashire) Captain

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire) Vice-Captain

Harry Brook (Yorkshire)

Jordan Cox (Kent)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire)

Liam Dawson (Hampshire)

Richard Gleeson (Lancashire)

Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)

Tom Helm (Middlesex)

Will Jacks (Surrey)

Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Phil Salt (Lancashire)

Olly Stone (Warwickshire)

Reece Topley (Surrey)

David Willey (Yorkshire)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Luke Wood (Lancashire)

Mark Wood (Durham)