Alex Hales ruled out of ODI series with side strain

Alex Hales ruled out

Alex Hales ruled out for three to four weeks with a side strain sustained in training before the first ODI at Trent Bridge.

Captain Eoin Morgan confirmed at the toss in Nottingham that Hales would not have made the final eleven anyway with Ben Stokes now fully fit. But given Hales’ strong recent form, including 147 against Australia three weeks ago, he would have been an option for England in the remaining two games particularly with their batting so shaky against India’s Kuldeep Yadav.

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Middlesex’s Dawid Malan, who has played Test and T20I matches for England but is uncapped in ODI cricket, provided batting cover for the eight-wicket defeat at Trent Bridge. He will stay with the squad for Saturday’s second match at Lord’s after overtaking Kent’s Sam Billings in the one-day pecking order. A replacement for Hales for the final game in Leeds will be decided in due course.

Meanwhile, Sam Curran has been released from the squad to play for Surrey against Sussex in the Vitality T20 Blast on Friday night in Hove. He will then rejoin the England party for the match at Lord’s on Saturday. Surrey beat Essex at the Oval on Thursday by 39 runs after registering a mammoth 222-4 from their 20 overs.


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