Alex Hales replacement in England World cup team – 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-field incident, the board have confirmed in a statement.
The decision has been taken by the ECB managing director of England men’s cricket and the England national cricket selectors, having considered what is in the best interests of the England team,” read an ECB statement on April 29. “Consideration was given to creating the right environment within the team and ensuring that there are no unnecessary distractions and that the team is in the best position to succeed going into this crucial period.”
This is not the first time though that Hals has been handed a sanction and subsequent ban for derogatory incidents away from the cricket field. Earlier in 2017, he was banned alongside Ben Stokes for engaging in a brawl. The reserve opener is currently serving a 21-day ban under his second sanction and has been withdrawn from all formats, a move that has also seen his exclusion from England’s squad for the T20 as well as the ODI series against Pakistan along with the match to be played against Ireland on Friday.
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. There are also heavy doubts on the availability of Joe Denly and Eoin Morgan who are suffering from back issues and sore shins respectively.
Possible Alex Hales replacement in England World cup team
Losing their replacement reserve batsman, one possible replacement that will be high among England’s team management and the 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.
He 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 an ideal replacement for Hales as the reserve opener which England will be searching for proceeding this unsavoury incident.
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
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.