• Hales banned after failed drug test

    England batsman Alex Hales is serving a 21-day ban from cricket for recreational drug use.

    Reports have claimed that the 30-year-old, who is still in the running for a World Cup spot, was tested positive for a recreational drug in recent weeks.

    This puts his possible World Cup selection in doubt after being named in England’s preliminary 15-man squad.

    According to a report in the Guardian, he is serving a 21-day ban after a positive drug test. As a result, he pulled out of Nottinghamshire’s Royal London Cup campaign, shortly after the World Cup squad was announced, for ‘undisclosed personal reasons’.

    An ECB spokesman said: We have a duty of confidentiality, therefore we are unable to provide any further comment.’

    Twitter responded harshly to the news.

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