October 4, 2022
Pak vs England, T20I series – Alex Hales’ strained relationship with Ben Stokes is no deterrent


According to Matthew Mott, Alex Hales’ strained relationship with Ben Stokes will not turn England in their bid to win the T20 World Cup in Australia.

Hales and Stokes were involved in an infamous brawl outside the Bristol nightclub in 2017, in which Stokes – he denied the charge and was found not guilty – and both players received previous bans and fines by the Cricket Discipline Commission.

In his recently released documentary, Ashes to PhoenixStokes referred to “my friend at the time, Alex” when addressing the incident and did not answer questions about Hales during interviews about the film.

Stokes, who has been rested for the seven-match T20 International tour of England that has been busy after captaining the Test side in the summer, was asked about his relationship with Hales and whether he had recently played a role in the Spoke at the beginning, only saying: “We both have the same goal: to win the World Cup.”

England’s white-ball head coach Mott had not worked with Hales before being recalled as an injury replacement for Jonny Bairstow for the tours of Pakistan and Australia, and said he was not aware of the potential for friction within the team. There was no worry about it.

“They may not be the best partners and that’s okay,” Mott said. “I’m sure you work all the time with coworkers who aren’t your best mates, but if you have a similar goal you can work with them.

“Ben came out and said that too. He wants to win the World Cup. I’m sure Alex does the same and we all do, so we try to pick the best players and if they make good teammates again So that’s great; if not, the teams work as long as they are moving towards that goal of winning the World Cup together.”

Hales himself did not specifically address his relationship with Stokes when speaking in Karachi on Friday, but was keen to emphasize that he was “just looking to the future” rather than dwelling on the chain of events that he was involved in. were” which led to him getting a three-year exile from international cricket. ,

Mott also revealed that he made a “major phone call” involving Hales’ memory to Trevor Bayliss. Jos Buttler has made several calls to senior players after Bairstow’s injury came to the fore, but Mott decided he should also speak to the man who was involved in Hales’ last-minute ouster from the 2019 50-over World Cup squad. He was the coach of England at the time. In a second unsuccessful recreational drug trial.

“While we were considering it, I called Trevor Bayliss and asked if he had any ideas,” Mott said. “Obviously he was the coach at the time and has worked with them at Sydney Thunder. He said he has absolutely no problem with them, he has made mistakes but he is trying to get better.

“For me, that’s all. No one is perfect – I certainly am not – but if he’s trying to get better and he’s the best player, we can work around it.

“As Jose said, we asked the senior players if they had any problems. It was long before my time, so one of the things I said was ‘Dude, you start with a blank canvas’ . He is sad and has shown that he is trying to learn from her experiences.”

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