Only Eoin would know that: Alex Hales on if Eoin Morgan blocked his inclusion in England’s squad

After remembering all the horrors of the past, Hales was quick to come back to the present and acknowledge the opportunity he has in front of him.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 17 September 2022 05:46 PM

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Alex Hales has finally found his way back into England’s white-ball squad. Although it took him three years, the opening batter is ready to right the wrongs of 2019 and put in that extra effort for England. But that does not mean he has forgotten how these three years felt. Hales has opened up on the feelings and thoughts he had while watching the selectors continuously ignore him despite him performing consistently. 

The 33-year-old said he was furious when his name was missing from England’s squads for winter tours and the T20 World Cup. Hales said he wanted to know if the decision was taken purely based on performance or if it was something else. About his call to Rob Key, England’s Managing Director, Hales said he wanted a straight answer about his chances with the national team. 

"I was quite firm and forceful when I rang him," Hales said. "I wanted to know if there was a genuine chance of me playing or whether they were just saying it to the media, so I was quite forceful. I said 'if we're talking cricket purely, I feel like I should be in the squad’. I had nothing to lose, did I?", said Hales to ESPNCricinfo. 

The opening batter who suffered from his mistake said he had no one to blame but himself. When Hales was asked if he talked to Eoin Morgan when he was captain and find out if he was the reason behind his repeated exclusions from England’s squads after that mishap, "Not a huge amount. Not really, no (about the two talking)," he said. "You're asking the wrong guy; I think only Eoin would know that (about if Morgan was behind his exclusion)." 

Focusing on one format has made me a lot better: Alex Hales

After remembering all the horrors of the past, Hales was quick to come back to the present and acknowledge the opportunity he has in front of him. The 33-year-old also revealed how he managed to improve his numbers in the shortest format of the game. Hales said that focusing on one format did the worlds of wonder to him. 

"One of the more frustrating things has been knowing how much better a T20 player I am now [compared] to when I played before. Since giving up red-ball cricket my numbers have been a lot better than they were. Just focusing on one format has been a game-changer ... it has made me a lot better,” said Hales.

"I'm treating this as a blank canvas and only looking to the future now ... I'm really looking forward to the next two weeks in Pakistan and what the World Cup can bring."

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