There’s been a complete breakdown of trust between the team and Hales: Morgan

England captain Eoin Morgan has cited a “complete breakdown of trust” between Alex Hales and his England teammates for the reason the opening batsman has been removed from the squad for the summer after failing a second test for recreational drugs. Morgan also confirmed that senior players met and reached the conclusion that Hales’s presence would be detrimental.
It was announced on Monday that Hales was stood down from England duty after it emerged that he had been banned for 21 days for failing a drugs test, his second such indiscretion. The Nottinghamshire batsman attended a training camp in Cardiff over the weekend but left the Welsh capital on Monday morning once he had been told he had been dropped. Later that day, his management team released a statement saying he had been given assurances the failed test would not impact on his participation in the World Cup.
However, it has since emerged that England’s senior players were supportive of the decision. “I spoke to the coach [Trevor Bayliss] at depth,” Morgan said. “I spoke to all of our senior players – I actually called the meeting with the senior players to discuss moving forward, how it would affect the team, and the team culture. We’ve been working extremely hard over the last 18 months to try and build that team culture and established values that we could adhere to.
“But with this, Alex has clearly demonstrated a lack of respect for these values, and there has been a complete breakdown of trust between the team and Alex. Out of that meeting, everybody agreed that the best decision was for Alex to be de-selected.”
While Morgan did not name the players who met to discuss the situation, he said the six most experienced players in the squad had met to talk about the issue. “We’ve been around a very long time,” he said. “We’ve been through thick and thin. And, as a group, culture is extremely important to us. And that resounding theme came out of that meeting, and we felt that, moving forward, it would actually have quite a significant contribution, particularly going into the World Cup and Ashes year.”
The decision to remove Hales from England duty this summer was officially made by Ashely Giles, managing director of England men’s cricket, rather than the players but it is likely their voice was an important one in the decision. Such strong feeling amongst the group could have created problems later down the line had Hales continued in the set-up and England’s management does not want any distractions ahead of the World Cup.
“Obviously, we can’t make that decision [to drop Hales], we can only speak to the selectors and Ashley Giles about how the team feel moving forward,” Morgan said. “It’s quite a big part of our team and what we need to do, particularly in a year that has such significance with the Ashes and the World Cup coming up.
“I have had communication with Alex [since the weekend], I have reiterated that the support is there, and for him to try to utilise it. It’s very important that Alex utilises the support and the help put in place by the ECB and the PCA [Professional Cricketers’ Association] from here to try and regain that trust.”The episode has overshadowed the build-up to the first ODI of England’s home season, against Ireland in Dublin on Friday. With the likes of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow rested, Morgan confirmed that Jofra Archer, Dawid Malan and Ben Foakes will all make their debuts at Malahide CC.