T20 World Cup: England players had ‘no issues’ with Alex Hales’s call-up, says Jos Buttler
England’s limited-overs captain Jos Buttler said players had no issues with the inclusion of Alex Hales in the T20 World Cup squad after the batsman received his first call-up since being dropped from the squad in 2019.
Jonny Bairstow, who was unable to compete in the Australian competition due to a lower limb injury sustained while playing golf, was replaced by Hales, 33.
Hales was dropped from the first 50-over World Cup roster in 2019 when the Guardian newspaper revealed he was serving a three-week suspension for recreational drug use.
“I spoke to lots of the senior players to make sure that no one would have any issues. With Alex being back in the team if we wanted to select him. No one had any issues,” Buttler told reporters on Thursday ahead of their T20 series in Pakistan.
“He’s obviously been in excellent form. We know what a talented player he is. And he’s gained a lot of experience as well since the last time he played for England.”
Hales, who is also travelling with the team to Pakistan. He played in the Australian T20 Big Bash League, averaging 33.16 from 60 innings.
“Looking ahead to the World Cup, his Big Bash record is fantastic. Australia is a place that he’s done well, and so he seemed the obvious pick,” Buttler added.
On October 22 in Perth, England plays its opening T20 WC match against Afghanistan.