Hales axe came after 'complete breakdown in trust', says England captain Morgan

A breakdown in trust between Alex Hales and the England team led to his axe from the World Cup squad.

Alex Hales recently served a reported 21-day suspension from cricket for recreational drug use.   -  Getty Images

Alex Hales' deselection from all England squads ahead of the World Cup came as a result of a "complete breakdown in trust", captain Eoin Morgan has said.

The opening batsman recently served a reported 21-day suspension for what his spokesman described as an "off-field incident".

READ | Hales 'devastated' after England drops him from World Cup plans

On Monday he was withdrawn from England's preliminary World Cup squad, as well as the groups for the one-day international against Ireland on Friday and the ODI series and T20 against Pakistan, by director of England cricket Ashley Giles.

Ahead of the meeting with Ireland at Malahide, Morgan told BBC Sport: "Everybody in a senior players' meeting agreed that the best decision was for Alex to be deselected. We believe it is the right call, made considering everyone in the squad.

"We have worked extremely hard over the last 18 months to establish our culture and work towards values that everyone across all three formats could adhere to, respect and relate to.

"We have been at that stage for six or seven months. They are in place. There has been a complete disregard for those values.

ALSO READ | Notts hold 'honest and constructive' talks with Hales

"There has been a complete breakdown in trust between Alex and the team. Everybody in the senior players' meeting agreed that the best decision for the team and the culture moving forward was for Alex to be deselected.

"We don't make that final call. I communicated this to Ashley Giles and the decision was made. It's important now that Alex uses the support around him to try to turn things around."

Support Sportstar

Dear Reader,

Support our journalism — where text and pictures intermingle so seamlessly — and help us scale up your experience as the world changes around us. Your contribution is vital to our brand of uninfluenced, boots-on-the-ground reportage that’s worth your while. Clickbait sensationalism is not for us, but editorial independence is — we owe it to you.

Read the Free eBook

  Dugout videos