England’s premier opener Alex Hales has been ruled out of the upcoming one-day series against India after suffering from a side strain in a net session before the game at Trent Bridge. Hales has been a permanent member of the side since World Cup 2015. However, he was demoted to no.3 in the batting order in order to make way for Jonny Bairstow in the opening slot. He also did not do much with the bat in the three-match T20I series against India.
Uncapped Dawid Malan has been named as a replacement for Hales in the one-day squad. English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that Alex Hales has suffered from a torn side strain and is effectively ruled out of the upcoming one-day series against India. Hales is expected to be out of action for at least four weeks.
Alex Hales has been in splendid form in the one-day format for England. Earlier this summer, he produced a belligerent 148 runs against Australia to see England achieve a world-record score of 481 runs from 50 overs at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. He is one of the better players of spin beside Joe Root and Eoin Morgan. He was instrumental in the second T20 game where he produced crucial innings to help England level the T20I series at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
On the other hand, selectors will have plenty of thinking to do given that Alex Hales is ruled out of the one-day series due to injury. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler will certainly feature in England’s top six for the coming series against India. England has been doing all the hard work to tackle the mystery spinner, Kuldeep Yadav. The squad has been training with bowling machine named Merlyn to combat the threat posed by Kuldeep Yadav.
It will be interesting to see how English batsmen play the Indian spinners in the one-day series. Eoin Morgan will certainly be hoping to keep their winning record intact against Indi