Alex Hales: England batsman was on borrowed time, says Simon Hughes

England's Alex Hales

Alex Hales was named in England’s provisional World Cup patrol on 17 Apr usually to be cold 12 days later

The enlightenment of complicated white-ball cricket means it is easier for players to trip into recreational drug use, says former veteran Simon Hughes.

His comments come after Alex Hales was cold from England’s World Cup patrol following an “off-field incident” that led to him being suspended.

Hughes pronounced Hales was on “borrowed time” and a England Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had to dump him.

“You have got to take really serious action,” Hughes told BBC Sport.

“Unfortunately he hasn’t schooled his lesson.”

Hales was reportedly dangling for recreational drug use