Alex Hales, England’s key top order batsman in limited overs, was withdrawn from all England squads ahead of the international season last year in the wake of his 21-day ban for using recreational drugs. As a result, despite being a vital cog in the wheel for England’s World Cup preparations, Hales could not be a part of the World Cup squad, which went on to win the tournament.

In a recent interview, English limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan stated that the opener has to wait for a little longer before he could play for England again. He mentioned how this incident could have nullified four years of hard work and all the preparations for a World Cup.

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Alex Hales was handed a 21-day ban for using recreational drugs ahead of summer in 2019

Morgan said “It’s only been 12-13 months since the incident, which could have cost us four years of hard work. So I think, moving forward, time is a great healer.”

He also added “I think, given that it could have derailed a World Cup campaign, I think it may take some more time.”

From the statement it is clear that the skipper is not ready to welcome back Hales. However, with the World T20 postponed, it will give a little more time for Hales to get back into contention.

A swashbuckling opener and one of the best T20 batsmen from England, Hales’ inclusion in the side will be key to England’s hunt for their second World T20. More so because the current top order is not doing great in T20 cricket at the moment.