Root reveals Hales’ omission has unified the team ahead of World Cup
England’s Test captain Joe Root has revealed that the omission of Alex Hales from the World Cup squad has unified the team.
Alex Hales has been removed from the 15-man World Cup squad for using recreational drugs and he stands no chance to play the tournament anymore. The sudden omission has unified the team, said by the Test captain of England Joe Root.
“Now we’re back playing cricket, that is really good for the group. We can concentrate on our full focus being on the cricket going into the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, Root also had words of praise for the new English all-rounder Jofra Archer who has impressed everyone right from the beginning.
“He’s been extremely impressive so far. It’s early days, but the way he bowled yesterday was particularly good. When guys come in and perform well, that is good for the squad. If guys are performing at the best of their ability, that will improve the standard of the group.”
When asked if Archer’s inclusion has created any rifts in the side, the Test captain said –
“I don’t think he’s created any rifts, uncertainty, or problems in the team, it’s purely providing competition and that can only be a good thing.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughn also insisted that he wants the Barbados born all-rounder in the upcoming Ashes squad, However, Root doesn’t yet agree to it.
“When you watch him play and train, you are always looking towards the Ashes. There’s a huge of amount of cricket and chances for him, along with a lot of other guys. The selectors will make sure they weigh everything up carefully and cleverly. They will pick a squad of players that is performing well and are fit and ready to go,” he concluded.