Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Michael Vaughan, England, ICC World Cup 2019, ECB
Alex Hales’ actions did not go down well with ODI captain Eoin Morgan, who termed it as “complete breakdown of trust” between Hales and the squad. @ Getty Images

Opener Alex Hales was booted out of the England ICC World Cup 2019 squad after having been caught taking recreational drugs for the second time. Former captain Michael Vaughan has slammed Hales’ actions, but also reckons that the door should still be open if Hales mends his ways.

“I believe there’s a way back for everyone,” Vaughan was quoted as saying by Mirror.co.uk on Monday.

“For Alex it’s a long road back, first and foremost as a person. He needs good people around him to get his life back on track. He needs to produce performances to force his way back.

“The problem for Alex is he isn’t getting any younger. The World Cups are every four years. Whether he’ll feel he can be a part of the next World Cup will come down to his performances and his professionalism.

“He’ll have to convince people he’s changed. He needs to look himself in the mirror and get his life sorted.”

Hales’ actions did not go down well with ODI captain Eoin Morgan, who termed it as “complete breakdown of trust” between Hales and the squad. (ALSO READ: Alex Hales showed lack of respect for the England team’s values: Eoin Morgan)

Vaughan, who led England to their greatest-ever victory in the 2005 Ashes, felt the ECB had no option but suspend the opener. “If I was in that position, I’d like to think I’d respond in the exact same way as Eoin has,” said Vaughan.

“Eoin led from the front. What Hales has done is illegal – he’s breached his contract. The ECB had no other choice, it’s a decision I would have made, and they’ve dealt with it in a very mature manner.

“Drugs protocol is one where you get a first strike and the second strike isn’t public knowledge, but it’s leaked out. The ECB had no other choice, it’s a decision I would have made, and they’ve dealt with it in a very mature manner.”