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England batsman Alex Hales breaks his silence over drugs shame

Alex Hales has broken his silence on missing England’s World Cup campaign as a result of his drugs ban, revealing he apologised to Nottinghamshire team-mates in an emotional group address when he returned to action.


Hales, originally in England’s 15-man squad for the tournament before being axed when it became public he had failed a second recreational drugs test, called an impromptu team huddle on the outfield during a practice session at Grantham on May 2 immediately after his 21-day suspension expired.

It followed a meeting with the club’s hierarchy of Lisa Pursehouse, the chief executive, and Mick Newell, the director of cricket, to map out the 141-cap batsman’s return to action and a future conduct bond.

‘They asked me if I was ready to play and I just couldn’t wait to get out there and play, to be honest,’ the 30-year-old said.

‘All I want to do is play cricket and as soon as I walked back into the changing room, and was around the guys, I couldn’t have asked for more. Everyone has been unbelievable.’

Speaking in episode one of Nottinghamshire’s social media documentary series All In, promoting their Twenty20 Blast campaign that starts next week, Hales showed a level of contrition not conveyed publicly by him at the time. On the day he was dropped by England, his management company released a statement on his behalf.

Ironically, the video footage of the huddle at Outlaws’ training ahead of a scheduled Royal London Cup match against Durham was taken on the same day that England captain Eoin Morgan revealed a group of senior internationals had taken the decision to de-select him from the squad.

Hales, whose misdemeanours of the past two years also include his part in the Bristol night out that led to the arrest of Ben Stokes, said: ‘I just wanted to apologise to the guys for everything that happened.

‘I got the point across that I had not just let myself down; I had let down my family, friends, team-mates. I had to get that off my chest.

‘I wanted to tell the guys how I was feeling and then just to finish off, wanted them to know I was 100 per cent focused on the cricket now, wanted to move forward, to put those mistakes of the past behind me.

‘I can’t changed what’s happened. All I can affect is what’s going to happen. I’ve just got to crack on and make the most of what I left of my career.’ 


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