Morgan: Hales has ‘learnt his lesson’

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Alex Hales “knows what he did was wrong”

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England captain Eoin Morgan believes opening batsman Alex Hales has “learnt his lesson” following an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol in September.

Hales was suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after the incident, which saw all-rounder Ben Stokes withdrawn from the Ashes squad and waiting to hear if he will be charged with actual bodily harm.

While Stokes still anxiously waits to learn his fate, Hales has since been cleared and the ECB subsequently lifted his suspension and gave him the green light to represent his country once again.

“Obviously there was an issue around it and he knows what he did was wrong and certainly I think he’s learnt his lesson coming back into the side,” Morgan was quoted as saying by The Cricketer.

Playing in England colours for the first time since the early-morning incident, Hales struck an entertaining 35-ball 52 in England’s 50-over warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI.

“He’s been given another chance to prove (himself),” Morgan, who smashed an unbeaten 81, said. “I thought he stuck to the mantra for the team which is to be positive and aggressive when the opportunity arises and he certainly did that today.

“He wasn’t hesitant at any stage. I thought he played extremely well.”

England won the warm-up match by five wickets and will now face Australia in a five-match ODI series, which begins on January 14 in Melbourne.

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