3 Possible Replacements For Alex Hales: The SportsRush Present to you the 3 England Players, English Cricket Board Will Be Eyeing Up To Replace Alex Hales
In a major development that’s come in today from the English cricket board, batsman Alex Hales has been dropped from their 15 man squad for the ODI Cricket World Cup. The upcoming quadrennial event set to be hosted by England starting May 30 will see Alex Hales not feature at all after he was released from the preliminary team in an off filed incident, the board have confirmed in a statement
An ECB statement on Monday said: “Alex Hales has been withdrawn from all England squads ahead of the international season. We have worked hard to create the right environment around the England team and need to consider what is in the best interests of the team, to ensure they are free from any distractions and able to focus on being successful on the pitch.”
The opener who has endured a torrid time with the national side owing to misdemeanours off the field was sanctioned under the ECB’s disciplinary policy for a second time last week and is currently serving a 21-day day suspension for an ‘off-field’ incident.
Ahead of the move, the governing council of the country will be eyeing up possible replacements to replace him in the side. With the expansive tournament a mere month away now, hectic discussions and palings will occur to find the best possible replacement that ensures the identity of the side is not hampered with. This is the second setback for the home side after having lost out to Sam Billings whose shoulder injury will see him miss the world cup.
3 Possible Replacements For Alex Hales
Losing their replacement reserve batsman, one possible replacement that will be high among England’s team management and selection committee will be James Vince. The Hampshire batsman scored 190 against Gloucestershire in a Royal London One-Day Cup match last week and becomes one of the main contenders owing to his current steady form which has seen him score runs at a consistent basis in club cricket.
What might go against Vince though is his relative inexperience, having played just 6 international matches for England till date. He however is a like for like replacement for Hales and we might see him being roped in as early as the one-off ODI game that England are slated to play against Ireland on Friday. He looks to most likely and ideal replacement for Hales as the reserve opener which England will be searching for proceeding this unsavoury incident.
A useful player, one who can be more than efficient with both the bat and ball, Sam Curran’s exclusion from England’s setup came a surprise to many. Playing for the Kings XI Punjab currently in the prestigious Indian Premier League, Curran gave some insights into what he can provide as a player in the early period of the season.
Curran provides the ability to come in and bowl out the quota of overs of the sixth bowler, something England will find more than useful. He is known to work up a good pace, getting swing and bounce as well and these deviations are aspects which can rile up batsmen in English conditions. In the 9 test matches and 2 ODIs he’s been asked to represent England in, with a cumulative 17 wickets and 471 runs, Curran has shown that he’s more than adept in proving to be an efficient player for the English side.
Already having been named as Sam Billings replacement for England’s upcoming ODI against Ireland later this week and the subsequent T20 against Pakistan, Foakes got the call after some good recent form in the One-Day Cup.
His 71 run inning from 80 balls against Middlesex was his third half-century in as many games a performance which could see him get a place in the England side. Although a wicket-keeper and not an ideal replacement for Hales given that England are in need of a wicket-keeper, he can add adequate runs in the middle-order, something that England will find hard to ignore especially if he impresses in the slated international matches.
Call me a wet liberal, but if the official punishment for this offence is a 21 days ban then it should be a 21 days ban. If you believe in a ban for the whole summer with accompanying blandishments about team ethic then put it in the regs. That said, Alex Hales has been a fool https://t.co/1kMW6QX9LO
— David Hopps (@DavidKHopps) April 29, 2019