Hales given England lifeline as they 'might consider' T20 camp invite

Alex Hales is given an England lifeline as Ed Smith reveals they ‘might consider’ inviting him to T20 training days despite his exclusion from the setup since failed drugs test in 2019

  • Alex Hales could return to England’s fold this summer with a training camp invite
  • Hales hasn’t been part of an England squad since a failed drugs test in April 2019
  • England Test captain Joe Root has been snubbed again for their latest T20 squad

England took the first tentative steps towards offering Alex Hales a Twenty20 lifeline on Thursday when they revealed plans to invite him back into the set-up this summer.

Hales has been exiled ever since it emerged he had kept the positive results of a second test for recreational drug use secret from Eoin Morgan and his team-mates.

That led to him being thrown out of England’s squad just before their 50-over World Cup triumph almost two years ago and Morgan has been consistent in his resolve ever since not to allow him back because of ‘trust issues.’

Alex Hales could earn an England’s T20 training camp invite this summer, says Ed Smith

The batsman has not been part of an England fold since failing a drugs test in April 2019

But now, with Hales the outstanding batsman in world franchise cricket over the last 12 months, there has finally been the first signs of a thawing in that frosty relationship.

‘We’re always looking for ways to get players who are not in the squad to come along to training days, perhaps in the run-up to a series,’ said national selector Ed Smith. ‘We might look at something like that this summer.

‘It’s coming up for two years now (since Hales was banished) and it is something we will discuss and then look to move forward with what’s best for England cricket.’

England selector Smith has revealed that they ‘might look at something’ regarding Hales

When asked if captain Morgan had eased his stance on Hales, Smith added: ‘I don’t know. I just think it’s something we might consider. We’re open to doing it in the summer.’

Whether Hales has time to force his way back into contention for October’s T20 World Cup remains in doubt, with Smith on Thursday naming a full-strength 16-man squad for the five-match series against India in Ahmedabad next month.

There is still no place for Test captain Joe Root, whose own chances of forcing his way back into the short-form squad in time for the World Cup look remote.

Hales’ England future remains up in the air having lost captain Eoin Morgan’s (left) trust

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