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England World Cup plans disrupted as Alex Hales misses county match for 'personal reasons'

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 19/04/2019 Scyld Berry

England suffered another disruption to their World Cup plans when their reserve batsman Alex Hales pulled out of Nottinghamshire's match against Lancashire "for personal reasons" and without setting any date for his return to county cricket. © getty England suffered another disruption to their World Cup plans when their reserve batsman Alex Hales pulled out of Nottinghamshire's match against Lancashire "for personal reasons" and without setting any date for his return to county cricket. England suffered another disruption to their World Cup plans when their reserve batsman Alex Hales pulled out of Nottinghamshire's match against Lancashire "for personal reasons" and without setting any date for his return to county cricket.

The Notts website said: "Alex Hales has made himself unavailable for selection for personal reasons and no timetable has been set for his return to action."

It is understood that Hales is still expected to be available for England's training camp to be held in Cardiff in a week's time to prepare for the World Cup and the six one-day internationals - one in Ireland, five at home to Pakistan - which precede it, but this issue and the timing of it will still be disruptive.

The Notts website said: "Alex Hales has made himself unavailable for selection for personal reasons and no timetable has been set for his return to action." © getty The Notts website said: "Alex Hales has made himself unavailable for selection for personal reasons and no timetable has been set for his return to action." Earlier this year, Hales was sentenced to a ban for six England games in white-ball formats and fined £17,500 by the ECB after his part in the Bristol nightclub incident which resulted in his England team-mate Ben Stokes undergoing a criminal trial before being found not guilty. Hales was not charged.

In an interview with the Guardian last month, Hales admitted that he had been prone all his life to "making mediocre decisions", but his talent as a big-hitting batsman has never been questioned.

Earlier this year, Hales was sentenced to a ban for six England games in white-ball formats and fined £17,500 by the ECB after his part in the Bristol nightclub incident. © getty Earlier this year, Hales was sentenced to a ban for six England games in white-ball formats and fined £17,500 by the ECB after his part in the Bristol nightclub incident. During England's winter tour of the West Indies Hales was exposed by a newspaper for cheating on his long-term girlfriend, the sister of a Nottinghamshire and England team-mate Jake Ball.

Together with the dismay expressed by several England pace bowlers in the provisional World Cup squad about the call-up of Jofra Archer, and his possible inclusion in the final World Cup party of 15, and the poor form of more than one ageing fast bowler, England's preparations have not been as smooth as their captain Eoin Morgan might have envisaged.

During England's winter tour of the West Indies Hales was exposed by a newspaper for cheating on his long-term girlfriend, the sister of a Nottinghamshire and England team-mate Jake Ball. © getty During England's winter tour of the West Indies Hales was exposed by a newspaper for cheating on his long-term girlfriend, the sister of a Nottinghamshire and England team-mate Jake Ball. Hales is not expected to be in England's first-choice World Cup side, as he lost his place to Jason Roy after the Bristol incident and cannot expect to push out Jonny Bairstow, but his batting would almost certainly be required at some stage of the tournament.

Hales gave up red-ball cricket so missed Nottinghamshire's first two championship games and will go to England's training camp without any meaningful cricket this season behind him.

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