England v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Chester-le-Street April 24, 2014

Hales called up with Cook in doubt

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Alex Hales, the Nottinghamshire batsman, has been added to the England squad for the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street as cover for captain Alastair Cook.

Hales, who played in Tuesday's T20 at the Oval, was left out of the initial ODI squad but could now make an appearance if Cook is not deemed fit to play. He is suffering with tightness in his right groin.

There had been calls for Hales to be selected in the original ODI squad to provide a greater tempo at the top of the order but England chose to return to Cook and Ian Bell as their opening pair. Last week Hales, who went out on loan to Worcestershire earlier this season to try and get some first-team Championship cricket, spoke about the frustration of being pigeon-holed as a T20 player.

Hales has offered England with much-needed power in T20 cricket and he made a century in a memorable win over Sri Lanka in the recent World T20; he also top-scored for England in their T20 defeat to Sri Lanka last Tuesday. But so far, Hales has yet to be utilised in 50-over cricket.

Michael Carberry is also in the squad, presumably as a spare opener, but Hales' call-up suggests Carberry will not be first reserve should England need another partner for Bell.

Should Cook not be fit, Eoin Morgan - who took charge of the T20 side in the absence of Stuart Broad - will lead England at Chester-le-Street.

If Hales is not required on Sunday morning he may be released back to Nottinghamshire who have a Championship match starting against Durham.

England also announced that if Tim Bresnan, who did not play the T20 or first ODI, is not selected in the side he will be made available for Yorkshire's Roses match against Lancashire at Headingley.

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  • Paulo on May 25, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Hales deserves a go as he would be useful in Australian conditions. I hope he gets a game and is asked to bat like he does in T20Is (where he averages 35). He'd also benefit from the longer powerplays and more overs against seam.

    Cook seems like an unnecessary part of the ODI side anyway (he an Bell are both meant to bat through but rarely do and arguably you'd want neither at the crease after 35 overs).

    This suggests that Carberry won't play. Probably fair enough as he has been pretty useless for England. But if he won't play can you give him back to Hampshire?

    Lumb will also still feel disgruntled

  • Dumidu on May 25, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    At last England selectors opened their eyes!! being a Sri Lankan saw his awesome hitting against us in the last two t20Is played against England, I think Alex Hales is the perfect man who can replace KP in the England side!!

  • brai on May 25, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    hales >>>>> root !!!root is an ok cricketer ,and he is not vaughan. stop giving him chances if he doesnt perform well .there are many like moeen ali, patel ,woakes etc

  • Rue on May 25, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    hales should of been selected ahead of cook anyway. I don't see the Cook, Bell opening partnership scaring anyone, for me Cook wouldn't be in the side even though he has improved as an ODI player. The game has moved on with power hitters up front. Why are England still sticking too a method that has failed us for years? Carberry and Hales to open for me with Bell at three. Cook can stay home and reflect on wether he is a better all round batsman than KP. I have the feeling that Cook may go down in the history books as the most disliked and distrusted England captain of all time. Just to clarify, I am an England fan, from England before anyone has a go at fans from oversee commenting on Cook and KP scenario

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Finally. It wouldn't surprise me if they've made up that Cook is in doubt, to cover themselves for the embarrassing decision of leaving Hales out in the first place.

  • Nicholas on May 24, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Well he [Hales] did say he wanted to shake off the T20 tag. If he can come into the ODI team and carry on his good form, good on him. In current form, Cook, conversely, will not really be missed and Morgan can handle the reins just as well.

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