Ed Smith supports Alex Hales’ continued international exile while England names seven unthinkable players in a 24-man ODI squad for the Irish test star absent squad
- England has named a 24-person training group behind closed doors
- They will be camped in Ageal Bowl this month for three ODIs against Ireland
- Test stars have been omitted due to the current streak against the West Indies
- Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali also participated after being cut from the test team
National voter Ed Smith has supported England’s stance on Alex Hales after being left out of a redesigned 24-man training team for three one-day internationals against Ireland.
Eoin Morgan has yet to forgive Hales for nearly ‘derailing’ the English World Cup bid last summer after he was banned from failing two drug tests.
Smith said, “I have nothing to add to what Eoin Morgan said about Alex. We know how good he is. We know where he stands.
England have included seven uncapped players for their ODI series against Ireland
But there is still no place for batsman Alex Hales as his international exile continues
Ben Stokes is one of the test stars left out due to the shortened season
ENGLAND ODI SQUAD
E Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, J Bairstow, T Banton, S Billings, H Brookes, B Carse, T Curran, L Dawson, B Duckett, L Evans, R Gleeson, L Gregory, S Hain, T Helm, L Livingstone , S Mahmood, M Parkinson, A Rashid, J Roy, P Salt, R Topley, J Vince, D Willey
“That’s the situation. We know what happened. Eoin has been very clear about his comments. We support that. ‘
The English squad, entering a biosecure training camp in the Ageas Bowl on Thursday for its first game against Ireland on July 30, will feature seven players without international experience: seamstresses Henry Brookes, Brydon Carse, Tom Helm and Richard Gleeson, plus batsmen Laurie Evans, Sam Hain and Phil Salt.
Liam Livingstone and Lewis Gregory are not committed to ODI cricket, but have played for England in the past in Twenty20.
There is also room for injured left-arm sailor Reece Topley, who has not played for England since the 2016 World T20 in India, and David Willey, who was replaced with Jofra Archer late in last year’s World Cup.
The team is coached by Paul Collingwood, as revealed by Sportsmail last year, and does not include members of the current Test bubble.
David Willey returns for the first time since he was deposed for last year’s World Cup
Jonny Bairstow was admitted after dropping out of the English test team last week