(BBC) – Captain Eoin Morgan says “more time” is needed, before Alex Hales returns to the England side, saying he could have “derailed” last year’s World Cup bid.Hales has not played for England since being removed from the World Cup squad in May 2019 for an “off-field incident” – reportedly failing a drugs test.England will next week name a training squad of 30 players with a view to playing Test and limited-overs matches.Seamer Chris Woakes said he would be happy to see batsman Hales, 31, return.However, Morgan said: “I’ve spoken to Alex and certainly see an avenue for him to come back – but when there’s a breakdown of trust, the only healer is time.“It’s only been 12 or 13 months since the incident, which could have cost us four years of hard work.“Given it could have derailed a World Cup campaign, it might take some more time.”Cricket is set to return from the coronavirus shutdown in July and, with a revamped schedule likely to be congested, it could necessitate separate Test and limited-overs squads.Nottinghamshire’s Hales averages almost 38 in 70 one-day internationals and was the second highest run-scorer in last winter’s edition of the Big Bash League, Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition.The men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in Australia in October and November this year, although the International Cricket Council is set to discuss whether it can still be staged at a meeting today.“It’s obviously not about performance with Alex,” added Morgan.“Playing cricket for England is about on and off the field, values we adhere to and Alex showed complete disregard for them.“He needs to build that up for as long as he can and then hopefully an opportunity will present itself down the line.”
Ever since the build up to their semi final match with Nigeria, Algerian fans have flooded Cairo in their thousands, most of them decked in their national team’s white jerseys.The Algerians it seems, want this trophy more than anyone else.Numerous fans told this reporter that they got free tickets from their football association to see matches. They have repaid the gesture with their passionate support.Algerian fans have now been told that showing their international passports at the Cairo International Stadium gets them free entry to their end of the ground.As if that is not enough, the government is flying in thousands of fans, in addition to the reported 15 airplanes that brought in a horde for the semi-final win against Nigeria.There is also the preposterous claim that more Algerians will arrive by ship via the Mediterranean Sea!It is a good bet that they will outnumber both Senegalese fans and neutrals at the stadium today. Whether this will translate to victory for the one-time African champions will be answered this night.CAF Goes Tough on JournalistsAhead of today’s Nations Cup Final between Algeria and Senegal, CAF has decided to go tough on overzealous and partisan journalists.Journalists in the media centre are now banned from wearing national team jerseys.This is in response to altercations between rival journalists, especially during the quarter final game between Senegal and Tunisia, when a free-for-all broke out.Journalists have been tasked to maintain proper decorum and have been advised to get to the stadium at least five hours before kickoff.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram DEMOLA OJO’S NILE NOTESWhen Egypt was announced hosts of the Nations Cup, the script was for Champions League winner and African Footballer of the Year, Mohamed Salah, to lead his country to a defining and reputation-enhancing victory.However, two other worthy superstars will be the centre of attention in the final today.Senegal’s Sadio Mane also won the Champions League with Liverpool this year, while Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez – who won a domestic English treble with Man City – is a former African Footballer of the Year.Both are on three goals, but only one will be crowned African champion along with his teammates.The victorious one among them will be an overwhelming favourite to become Africa’s best this year.Algeria Banking on 12th Man
Liverpool could have Steven Caulker in their squad for tomorrows match at home to Arsenal.The Reds are trying to sign the 24 year old defender on loan from QPR.Caulker has spent the first half of the season on loan at Southampton. There are three games tonight.18th placed Newcastle host 5th placed Manchester United, Bournemouth welcome West Ham and Aston Villa take on Crystal Palace. Jonjo Shelvey is on his way to Newcastle from Swansea in a deal worth around £12 million, the Swans sit just 2 points above the Magpies in the table at present. The youngster has been a regular this season.He made his England debut against Estonia in October last year.