In the 2018 T20 World Cup, the England Cricket Board has named Alex Hales as Jonny Bairstow’s replacement for the Three Lions. Bairstow was forced to withdraw from the contest because of a leg injury only hours after the England lineup was revealed.
It’s significant to note that Hales will be playing for England in the next T20 series against Pakistan. The opener has therefore been able to rejoin the team thanks to this call-up for the series against the Men in Green and the World Cup.
Hales hasn’t competed for England since 2019 due to circumstances off the court. The then-opener had a positive drug test in the weeks leading up to the 50-over World Cup.
In the last year or two, he has been completely absent from the picture. However, a few things compelled the management to consider him for the opening position for England in Australia. When the team was named a few days ago, Jason Roy was left out due to his inconsistent play.
They focused on Hales since he has been scoring runs in various competitions across the globe in shorter formats and added Bairstow’s injury. Additionally, he just became the first Englishman to reach 10,000 runs in the T20 version of the game.
Since he was a near substitute for the injured Jason Roy on the initial team, his inclusion did not really come as a huge surprise. But at the moment, they changed their minds.
His Big Bash League performance is one of the primary reasons he was added. He has consistently delivered in Australia. He was selected for the ICC tournament in large part due to his expertise and competence under these circumstances.
England’s updated World T20 team
Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood are the team’s other players. Jos Buttler is the captain.
Travelling Reserves: Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Tymal Mills