Right-hand England opening batsman, Alex Hales has been ruled out of the ongoing One-day Internationals series against India with a side strain. Hales was training for the first ODI in Trent Bridge when he suddenly felt discomfort and pain while playing a shot on the leg-side, he missed the game on Thursday, July 12 and has now been ruled out of the 3-match series. It is reported that Hales could be out of the game for a further recovery period of 3-4 weeks.
Hales, who has scored 2,302 runs in just 65 ODIs for England, was in some very good form against the visiting Australian team recently and would've like to continue against the formidable Indian side.
Speaking at the toss in the first game, England skipper Eoin Morgan had already revealed that Hales was going for scans in the afternoon. “Unfortunate, Alex has done his side. How long he is out we don't know. He is going for a scan this afternoon which brings Dawid Malan into the squad. With that change, Joe Root goes up to 3 and Stokes at 5 which means we are where we were last summer around this time,”
Left-hand batsman David Malan has been announced as Hales's replacement for the rest of the series.
(Inputs from CricketNext)