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England opener Alex Hales has insisted that he made the right decision not to travel to Bangladesh with the rest of the national team.
Hales and limited overs captain Eoin Morgan opted out of the ongoing tour due to security concerns following a terrorist attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in Dhaka in July, which left 20 people dead.
England have enjoyed a trouble-free tour thus far, but Hales has found himself left in the wilderness after he lost his spot in the Test side for the upcoming tour of India.
His decision to skip the tour of Bangladesh played a big role in his axing from the Test roster, but the 27-year-old is confident that he will regain his spot in the near future.
“It took me a very long time to make it,” he said. “There were plenty of sleepless nights. I had to make that decision. It was tough and I stand by it. I don’t regret it. I didn’t regret it at the time and I don’t think I will in future.
“If you spend the next few months and years regretting things then it’s pointless. Whatever it is in life, you have to make decisions at the time and stick by them.”
Hales added that numerous other players came close to pulling out of the tour even though they had been given the green light to travel to Bangladesh by the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) security chief Reg Dickason.
“As a team, during the ODI series against Pakistan we met a few times to talk about going,” he said. “A few people were undecided but we just said that whatever decision people made we would support them no matter what. No matter the decision everyone would back them.”
England will have their longest home season in history next year, and while Hales reiterated that he still wants to play Test cricket, he acknowledged that he will be kept busy with the plethora of limited overs matches that have been scheduled, which includes the Champions Trophy.
“I hope I’ll play Test cricket again, definitely,” the Hillingdon native said. “I’m not ruling it out. I’ll give four-day cricket with Notts the best crack I can.
“Obviously there’s a lot of one-day cricket around with the Champions Trophy and some one-day series. It’s a busy summer but I’m going to give it a good go with Notts and hopefully get back in for the Ashes and New Zealand.”