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Alex Hales’ strained relationship with Ben Stokes no barrier to T20 World Cup bid – Matthew Mott

Alex Hales’ strained relationship with Ben Stokes is not going to throw England off target of their bid to win the T20 World Cup in Australia, in line with Matthew Mott.

Hales and Stokes have been concerned within the notorious brawl exterior a Bristol nightclub in 2017 that noticed Stokes charged with affray – he denied the cost and was discovered not responsible – and each gamers handed backdated bans and fines by the Cricket Disciplinary Fee.

In his recently-released documentary, Phoenix from the Ashes, Stokes refers to “my buddy on the time, Alex” when addressing the incident and didn’t reply questions on Hales throughout interviews concerning the movie.

Stokes, who has been rested for England’s seven-match T20 worldwide tour of Pakistan after a busy summer season captaining the Take a look at aspect, was tight-lipped when requested about his relationship with Hales and whether or not they had spoken not too long ago earlier this month, saying solely: “We have each obtained the identical aim: to win World Cups.”

Mott, England’s white-ball head coach, had not labored with Hales earlier than his recall as an harm substitute for Jonny Bairstow for journeys to Pakistan and Australia, and stated that he had no considerations concerning the potential for friction throughout the squad.

“They may not be finest mates and that is OK,” Mott stated. “I am positive you’re employed with colleagues on a regular basis who aren’t your finest mate however you’ll be able to work with them for those who’ve obtained a typical aim.

“Ben’s come out and acknowledged that as nicely. He desires to win World Cups. I am positive Alex does as nicely and all of us do, so we try to decide the perfect gamers and in the event that they find yourself turning into good mates once more that is nice; if not, so long as they are going in direction of that aim of successful the World Cup collectively then that is how groups perform.”

Hales himself didn’t particularly handle his relationship with Stokes when talking in Karachi on Friday however was eager to insist that he was “solely seeking to the long run” relatively than dwelling on the chain of occasions that led to his three-year exile from worldwide cricket.

Mott additionally revealed that he thought-about “the important thing telephone name” concerned in Hales’ recall to be one he made to Trevor Bayliss. Jos Buttler made a number of calls to senior gamers after Bairstow’s harm got here to gentle however Mott determined he must also communicate to the person who was England’s coach on the time of Hales’ last-minute omission from the 2019 50-over World Cup squad after information emerged of a second failed leisure medication check.

“I rang Trevor Bayliss across the time we have been contemplating it and requested if he had any views,” Mott stated. “Clearly he was coach on the time and has labored with him at Sydney Thunder. He stated he is had completely no drawback with him in any respect, he is made errors however he is attempting to get higher.

“For me, that is it. No person’s good – I am definitely not – but when he is attempting to get higher and he is the perfect participant, then we are able to work round it.

“Like Jos stated, we requested the senior gamers whether or not they had a difficulty. It was nicely earlier than my time, so one of many issues I stated was ‘mate, you begin with a clean canvas’. He is been contrite and has proven he is attempting to study from his experiences.”

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