England’s Alex Hales set to lose opener’s spot for ODIs against Australia

first_img After the hope comes the agony – and the fear of an England Ashes whitewash Read more “The two openers we had did very well and it would be difficult to go against them,” said Bayliss, with the caveat that he is yet to discuss the matter with his captain, Eoin Morgan. “We bring him back in and drop one of those guys down, then it would be someone else upset as well. The two guys who have taken over, I just think that’s the best way to go.”It is a blow for Hales, who has scored five one-day hundreds since the 2015 World Cup. The Nottinghamshire opener, who does not face a criminal charge for his involvement in the Bristol incident, returns to action this month in a 10-over tournament in Dubai.As expected, Stokes has also been included in the one-day party but with an asterisk against his name. Unlike Hales, he will not tour as things stand. The all-rounder continued his domestic comeback for Canterbury on Wednesday, scoring 34 from 41 balls but going wicketless in a 50-over game against Auckland.Bayliss admitted some consideration was given to leaving Stokes out altogether for the sake of plans not chopping and changing but, as has already been the case on this Ashes tour, there is an acceptance that whenever he does return “it is going to be a bit of a circus”.Morgan has welcomed Stokes’s return to cricket in New Zealand as a “good decision”. “He has started to hit balls this week and there is only so much you can get indoors banging bowling machine balls,” Morgan said. “But for him as an all-rounder to get miles under his leg as a bowler – given that he could potentially come back quickly – personally to look after his own body is a good decision.”Stokes again struggled to make an impact for Canterbury after scoring only two and going wicketless on his debut on Sunday. He made 34 from 41 balls and failed to take a scalp as Canterbury fell to a seven-wicket defeat to Auckland on Wednesday.Asked whether Stokes would be available for the start of the ODI series, Morgan replied: “We just don’t know and I don’t think anybody does.” Share on Facebook The Ashes … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Topics Alex Hales looks to have lost his place as opener in England’s one-day team after being named in the squad for the series against Australia in January with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow likely to be considered the first-choice pairing up top.Hales missed the final two ODIs of the summer against West Indies after being present when Ben Stokes was arrested in Bristol on 25 September, with Roy taking his spot and hitting 84 and 96 alongside an in-form Bairstow.Though the 28-year-old’s international suspension has been lifted temporarily pending the outcome of Stokes’s legal case – both of their cricket disciplinary hearings will not take place until after such time – Trevor Bayliss has said Hales will still have to earn a recall to the XI. Australia cricket team Cricket Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Ben Stokes Since you’re here… The only other additions to what has become a settled England one-day set-up are the return of Mark Wood, the Durham fast bowler who missed the back end of the English summer after an impressive Champions Trophy campaign, and the perennial squad man Sam Billings.Morgan’s side begin their five-match one-day series against Australia, the current world champions, at the MCG on 14 January, with fixtures in Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide before the final match opens Perth’s new Burswood stadium on 28 January.A squad for the Twenty20 tri-series in February, that also involves New Zealand, are yet to be named but it is expected to see Test players such as Root and Moeen Ali rested.England squad: EJG Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, JM Bairstow, JT Ball, †JC Buttler, TK Curran, AD Hales, LE Plunkett, AU Rashid, JE Root, JJ Roy, BA Stokes*, DJ Willey, CR Woakes, SW Billings, MA Wood.* Subject to resolution of legal case and lifting of suspension Read more Australia sport news Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Joe Root adamant England are still in Ashes series despite trailing 2-0 Share on WhatsApp Ashes 2017-18 Share on Messenger England cricket team Reuse this contentlast_img