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Moores merrier for Hales return but rain reigns at Grantham

The batsman was dropped from England squads.

Alex Hales saw his Nottinghamshire return washed out (Mike Egerton/PA)
Alex Hales saw his Nottinghamshire return washed out (Mike Egerton/PA)

Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores said it was good to have Alex Hales back in the squad after the England batsman’s return was called off because of persistent rain.

Hales had been due to play for his county in the Royal London One-Day Cup encounter with Durham at Grantham until the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Hales had been unavailable for his side’s start to the competition, with personal reasons being cited by his club, before it was reported that he was serving a 21-day suspension for recreational drug use.

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Hales has been removed from all England squads (Mike Egerton/PA)

The batsman was subsequently withdrawn from England’s squads for the internationals against Ireland and Pakistan, as well as this summer’s World Cup.

Following the washout against Durham, Moores said: “Alex has fitted back in fine. We trained together yesterday as a squad, so that was a good chance for Alex to get back amongst the squad and the players.

“He’s fine and has fitted back in and like most things, he knows he’s got good mates here from many years back.

“It’s good to have him back, he’s been through a tough couple of weeks but now it’s time for him to look forward and focus on playing some cricket.”

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Rain washed out Hales’ return for Nottinghamshire (Mike Egerton/PA)

Grantham was staging its first List A match since 2000 when Lincolnshire hosted the Netherlands in the NatWest Trophy.

However, the weather deteriorated soon after home captain Steven Mullaney  had won the toss and opted to field.

Umpires Neil Bainton and Peter Hartley officially called the contest off at 3.40pm, with one point being awarded to both sides.

Nottinghamshire remain top of the North Group with 11 points and Durham have nine and lie third. Both have one match remaining.

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