Captain of England Eoin Morgan said “a complete breakdown of confidence” between Alex Hales and his teammates from England because the opening batsman was removed from the team for the summer after the failure of the second drug recreational test.
Morgan also confirmed that the senior players met and came to the conclusion that Hales’s presence would be detrimental.
Hales was released on Monday after he was found out that he was banned for 21 days for failing to test drugs, which is his second indiscretion.
A Nottinghamshire strike participated in Cardiff training camp at the weekend but left the Welsh capital on Monday morning when he was said to have fallen. Later that day, his management team issued a statement stating that the guarantee he was given for failing the test would not affect his participation in the World Cup.
However, since then, it has been shown that England’s senior players supported that decision. “I talked to the coach (Trevor Bayliss) in depth,” Morgan said.
I talked to all of our older players – I actually called a meeting with older players to talk about progress, how it will affect the team and team culture. We have been working hard in the last 18 months to try to build team culture and established values we can adhere to it.
But with that, Alex has clearly demonstrated a lack of respect for these values, and there has been a complete breakdown of trust between Alex and Alex, and all agreed that the best decision is to make Alex a choice.
Although Morgan did not appoint players who met to discuss the situation, he said the six most experienced teammates met to discuss the matter. “We’ve been through very long,” he said.
We are through thick and thin, and as a group, culture is extremely important to us. And this sharp issue emerged from that meeting, and we felt that moving forward would actually have a rather significant contribution, especially in the World Cup and year of ashes. ”
The decision to remove Hales’ duties from England this summer was officially issued by Ashely Giles, the director of English cricket and not the players, but their vote was likely to be important in the decision.
Such a strong feeling among the group could later create problems after Hales continued to set up, and the England administration does not want any trouble in front of the World Cup.
“Obviously, we can not make such a decision [to dismiss Hales], we can only talk to the selector and Ashley Giles about how the team feels ahead,” Morgan said.
It’s a big part of our team and what we need to do, especially in the year that has such importance when Ashes and the World Cup appear.
“I had some communication with Alex [from the weekend], I repeated that it was there and that he was trying to use it. It is very important for Alex to use the support and assistance established by the ECB and the PCA [Professional Cricket Association] trust. ”
This episode overshadowed the upgrading of the first ODI England home season, against Ireland in Dublin on Friday. With such players as Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow rested, Morgan confirmed that Jofra Archer, Dawid Malan, and Ben Foakes would debut at Malahide CC.