Cook denies Hales demotion for Moeen reveals World Cup clues

Ross McLean
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ENGLAND skipper Alastair Cook insists the decision to drop power-hitting opener Alex Hales from today’s clash against Sri Lanka A does not end the expansive batsman’s hopes of featuring in next year’s World Cup.

Hales made his one-day international debut alongside Cook at the top of the order against India in the summer but is set to be replaced by all-rounder Moeen Ali for the first of two warm-up games ahead of England’s seven-match series against Sri Lanka.

“It was a real tough call on Alex at the moment but that’s nowhere near our final decision,” said Cook. “This is for this one game here and we will see how it goes.”


Today: 1st warm-up v Sri Lanka A
Sunday: 2nd warm-up v Sri Lanla A
Wed 26 Nov: 1st ODI (D/N), Colombo
Sat 29 Nov: 2nd ODI, Colombo
Wed 3 Dec: 3rd ODI (D/N), Hambantota
Sun 7 Dec: 4th ODI, Colombo
Wed 10 Dec: 5th ODI (D/N), Pallekelle
Sat 13 Dec: 6th ODI, Pallekelle
Tue 16 Dec: 7th ODI (D/N), Colombo