Alex Hales deserves a "second chance" with England after being sent into worldwide exile as a result of recreational drug use, according to Chris Woakes.
Chris Woakes believes Alex Hales should be given a second chance and recalled by England when they next week name two squads for the worldwide summer.
Woakes, 31, said: "He's gone through a tough time, being left out of the World Cup". He's gone through a tough time being left out of the World Cup; going on to see that team lift the trophy must have been hard for him. I think if people have gone away for a time and worked on their weaknesses they should be allowed a second chance.
"It's not my call but I think Alex is a world-class player".
When Hales was dropped, captain Eoin Morgan said it was because of a "complete breakdown in trust" and that the rest of the squad supported the decision.
"I don't know what will happen, but I would certainly be happy to see Alex back in England colours", Woakes said of a potential Hales return. I would imagine the majority would have the kind of views I have given.
"I don't see why anyone would see it any differently". We have a culture and an environment in the England squad we all try and pull in the right direction. England went on to win the event on home soil in dramatic fashion without him and he has not played worldwide cricket since.
But Hales insisted in a Sportsmail interview earlier this month that he had learned his lesson and hoped "the damage isn't terminal" as he targeted an England return ahead of what was scheduled to be a Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in November. It means the Test team will take priority selection-wise this summer - if that was not already the case - and not least since movement between formats is likely to be restricted by the bio-secure measures in place.
Although he is the leader of the attack in one-day internationals, Woakes is among the red-ball bowlers who resumed individual training during the past two days with an hour-long session at Edgbaston that included five overs bowling at "50%" and fitness work, supervised at a distance by the Warwickshire physio, Gerhard Mostert.
Now he has received significant support in the form of one of the senior players who banished him previous year in Woakes after his own return to individual training this week. Thankfully it's a Dukes ball and not a Kookaburra this summer, because then we would be struggling. 'The ECB, venues and counties are going above and beyond making it as safe as possible and that will help us as players'.