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Alex Hales named as England’s Jonny Bairstow replacement

Alex Hales has been called up to the England squad for the upcoming white-ball tour of Pakistan and ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia as a replacement for the injured Jonny Bairstow.

In a cruel and unfortunate set of circumstances, Bairstow suffered a freak accident while on the golf course last week and is now set to miss the end of the South Africa Test series, the tour to Pakistan, and the World Cup in Australia.

The ECB confirmed today that Hales had been added to Jos Buttler’s white-ball squad as his replacement.

The 33-year-old has not featured for England since 2019 when he fell out of favour under former captain Eoin Morgan.

The tall opener’s T20 record is impossible to argue with. For England, he’s made 1,644 runs at an average of 31.01 and 136.65 while he boasts more than 10,000 domestic T20 runs at an average of 30.71 and a strike rate of 147.58.

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Hales is a regular in many of the world’s franchise competitions and has thrived in the Big Bash League over the years, which should help him hit the ground running in Australia.

England are set to fly to Pakistan next week ahead of a seven-match T20 series in the country, which will be followed by a three-match T20 series against the Aussies in Australia as final preparation for the World Cup, which gets underway in October.

The full squad for the Pakistan tour is as follows: Jos Buttler (Lancashire) (c), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Harry Brook (Yorkshire), Jordan Cox (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Richard Gleeson (Lancashire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Tom Helm (Middlesex), Will Jacks (Surrey), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Phil Salt (Lancashire), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Reece Topley (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Luke Wood (Lancashire), and Mark Wood (Durham).

The full squad for the Australia and World Cup is as follows: Jos Buttler (Lancashire) (c), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Harry Brook (Yorkshire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Surrey), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Phil Salt (Lancashire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Reece Topley (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) and Mark Wood (Durham).