Michael Vaughan has backed Joe Root to win his place back in England’s T20 team ahead of next year’s World Cup – but says Alex Hales’ international career is over.
Test captain Root has not featured in any of England’s last four T20 series and was most recently left out of the squad to face Australia in September.
With a T20 World Cup scheduled to take place in India in October 2021, Root seemingly faces an uphill battle to regain his place, although national selector Ed Smith has insisted ‘no doors are closed’ for the batsman.
Root scored a half-century in England’s defeat to West Indies in the 2016 T20 World Cup final and Vaughan believes he still has a role to play.
‘Personally, I would have him [Root] in my team,’ Vaughan said on BBC’s Tuffers and Vaughan podcast. ‘He was the glue for England during that 2016 T20 World Cup.
‘If you watch the Indian Premier League, yes there’s some power hitters, but every team needs that player who is the glue and can just be the consistent player in the middle.
‘I don’t think at this stage his name has been completely scrubbed off for that World Cup. I think he can still come back in.’
Former England captain Vaughan is less optimistic about Hales’ international hopes.
The Nottinghamshire batsman last played for England in March 2019 and was omitted from the World Cup squad after reportedly failing a drugs test.
Asked whether Hales’ international career is over, Vaughan said: ‘Yeah. Under Eoin Morgan, I think that’s it. I just don’t see any way back.
‘I’ve listened to a lot of Eoin’s interviews, he’s very strong and the word ‘trust’ comes out a lot. Hales broke that trust.
‘I don’t think he’s a type of character to bring him back in. If he was going to do it, it would have been this summer.
‘The fact that he didn’t do that, I think Hales’ time with England is over. I just don’t think Eoin Morgan will bring him back.’
Despite his international exile, Hales remains a brilliant one-day player and Vaughan says he would want him to be available to England if injuries occur.
‘I think they can do without him right now. But if [Jonny] Bairstow or [Jason] Roy got injured, I would want Hales at the top of the order,’ he added.
‘I think he’s that good. When all the players are fit, they won’t miss him. But if one of them gets injured, England could do with Alex Hales.’
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