Pak vs Eng, T20I series – Alex Hales’ strained relationship with Ben Stokes no barrier


Alex Hales’ strained relationship with Ben Stokes is not going to throw England off track of their bid to win the T20 World Cup in Australia, in keeping with Matthew Mott.

Hales and Stokes have been concerned within the notorious brawl outdoors a Bristol nightclub in 2017 that noticed Stokes charged with affray – he denied the cost and was discovered not responsible – and each gamers handed backdated bans and fines by the Cricket Disciplinary Commission.

In his just lately-launched documentary, Phoenix from the Ashes, Stokes refers to “my friend at the time, Alex” when addressing the incident and didn’t reply questions on Hales throughout interviews concerning the movie.

Stokes, who has been rested for England’s seven-match T20 worldwide tour of Pakistan after a busy summer time captaining the Test aspect, was tight-lipped when requested about his relationship with Hales and whether or not they had spoken just lately earlier this month, saying solely: “We’ve both got the same goal: to win World Cups.”

Mott, England’s white-ball head coach, had not labored with Hales earlier than his recall as an harm alternative for Jonny Bairstow for journeys to Pakistan and Australia, and mentioned that he had no issues concerning the potential for friction throughout the squad.

“They might not be best mates and that’s OK,” Mott mentioned. “I’m sure you work with colleagues all the time who aren’t your best mate but you can work with them if you’ve got a common goal.

“Ben’s come out and acknowledged that as properly. He needs to win World Cups. I’m positive Alex does as properly and all of us do, so we try to choose one of the best gamers and in the event that they find yourself changing into good mates once more that is nice; if not, so long as they are going in the direction of that aim of profitable the World Cup collectively then that is how groups perform.”

Hales himself did not specifically address his relationship with Stokes when speaking in Karachi on Friday but was keen to insist that he was “solely seeking to the long run” rather than dwelling on the chain of events that led to his three-year exile from international cricket.

Mott also revealed that he considered “the important thing cellphone name” involved in Hales’ recall to be one he made to Trevor Bayliss. Jos Buttler made several calls to senior players after Bairstow’s injury came to light but Mott decided he should also speak to the man who was England’s coach at the time of Hales’ last-minute omission from the 2019 50-over World Cup squad after news emerged of a second failed recreational drugs test.

“I rang Trevor Bayliss across the time we have been contemplating it and requested if he had any views,” Mott said. “Obviously he was coach on the time and has labored with him at Sydney Thunder. He mentioned he is had completely no downside with him in any respect, he is made errors however he is making an attempt to get higher.

“For me, that’s it. Nobody’s perfect – I’m certainly not – but if he’s trying to get better and he’s the best player, then we can work around it.

“Like Jos mentioned, we requested the senior gamers whether or not they had a problem. It was properly earlier than my time, so one of many issues I mentioned was ‘mate, you begin with a clean canvas’. He’s been contrite and has proven he is making an attempt to be taught from his experiences.”

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