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England opener Alex Hales could very well make his long-awaited return to international cricket in the third ODI against the West Indies in Barbados on Thursday.
There had been doubts about whether Hales would be fit enough to feature in the series as he recently recovered from a broken a bone in his right hand, which he sustained during the limited overs tour of India earlier this year.
But, after proving his fitness, and with England already holding an unassailable 2-0 lead, the 28-year-old is set to don the England jersey for the first time since January 19.
“Hales has now been passed fit by the medics and he’s practised well over the last few days,” England assistant coach Paul Farbrace told the BBC. “So he’s officially in the squad now for Thursday’s game, which is good news.
“We always knew that Hales would join us. Even if he wasn’t available to play, we were always going to bring him here so we had him as part of the group.”
Hales’ availability is likely to be bad news for fellow opener Sam Billings, who has scored 52 runs in the first two ODIs in Antigua at an average of 26.