Eoin Morgan suggests Alex Hales' return to England set-up 'might take some more time'
Morgan: "Like in life and in any sport, when there's a breakdown of trust, the only healer in that is time"
Last Updated: 28/05/20 9:46am
England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has hinted that Alex Hales may need to wait a little longer before returning to the international fold.
There has been some speculation that, with England preparing to effectively run two separate squads for Tests and limited-overs matches in a revamped summer, Nottinghamshire batsman Hales could be recalled.
The 31-year-old lost his squad place ahead of last year's World Cup triumph after news broke that he had failed a second test for recreational drugs, with Morgan declaring he had lost the trust of his team-mates.
That may not yet have been regained, according to Morgan, even though seamer Chris Woakes said last week that he would welcome Hales back into the England fold.
Morgan said: "Alex is in a unique position, probably in a position nobody else has found themselves in before.
"On the cusp of a World Cup, the huge breakdown in trust between him and the players was extremely dramatic, given the circumstances surrounding the four years and the build-up and the way things unfolded.
"I've spoken to Alex and certainly see an avenue for him to come back to playing cricket but, like in life and in any sport, when there's a breakdown of trust, the only healer in that is time.
"It's only been 12 or 13 months since the incident which could have cost us four years of hard work. Given it could have derailed a World Cup campaign, I think it might take some more time, yes."
Hales was second in the batting charts during last winter's Big Bash in Australia, amassing 576 runs at an average of 38.4 and a strike-rate of 146.93, while he has six hundreds and averages nearly 38 in 70 one-day internationals.
Morgan said: "It's obviously not about performance with Alex. Alex is a fantastic player, it's never been discussed whether he's good enough to be in the squad or not.
"Playing cricket for England is about on and off the field, values we adhere to or do our best to adhere to, and Alex showed complete disregard for them. Building up that for as long as he can and then hopefully an opportunity will present itself down the line."
Eoin Morgan was speaking ahead of an online event to celebrate 15 years of the Chance to Shine charity. Since 2005, over five million children have been given the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket thanks to the work of the charity.