Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan © Getty Images
Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan © Getty Images

Alex Hales marked his return to the England national side by smashing a quick-fire 55 against Cricket Australia (CA) XI at Sydney. His knock turned out to be match winnings as England pulled off their first victory in Australia in two months.

Hales along with Ben Stokes was suspended from the national side following an alleged incident outside a Bristol pub in September 2017. While Hales has been cleared of the criminal charges and makes his way to the England top-order,  Stokes is yet to be told if he will be charged by the police and clarity on his international future depend on the further developments.

England skipper Eoin Morgan shared a vital stand of 66 with Hales for the third wicket and remained not out on 81 as England completed a 5-wicket win. Morgan confirmed that the side and Hales have not felt the need to address the matter and that the explosive batsman has “learned his lesson”.

“Obviously there was an issue around it. He knows what he did was wrong,” Morgan said. “He’s learned his lesson coming back into the side and being given another chance to prove his skills are as good and he can play international cricket at a good level.”

England finally end win drought  in Australia after two months
England finally end win drought in Australia after two months

Hales is fighting for his place as an opener and it is set to be a tossup between him and Jason Roy. Hales got to his fifty off 32 balls and whacked four fours and three sixes while Roy scored a 48-ball 40.

“I thought he (Hales) went really well. I thought he stuck to the mantra of the team to be positive and aggressive when the opportunity arises and he certainly did that today. He wasn’t hesitant at any stage. Coming in at No.3 he did that very well,” Morgan added.

England, who has lost The Ashes 0-4, will play their first ODI against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.