Alex Hales, the first batter up, has received his first England call-up in more than three years. Hales has been selected for the England T20 squad’s tour to Pakistan instead of the injured Jonny Bairstow, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday.

Jonathan Bairstow of Yorkshire has been replaced in the England team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup by Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales, whose left ankle injury last week prevented him from competing. The ECB said that Hales, 33, who last played for England in March 2019, has been added to the IT20 team for the trip to Pakistan.

In March 2019, Hales last appeared for England in a T20I match against the West Indies. After the 2015 World Cup, he played a crucial role in England’s white-ball revolution, but he was fired from the squad because of off-field concerns that irritated the team’s then-captain Eoin Morgan. Since then, Hales has made an impression with his innings in T20 competitions all around the globe, but Morgan has remained certain that he doesn’t belong on the team. In June of this year, Morgan ended his career in international cricket.

Rob Key, the director of cricket for England’s men, had previously said that Hales could come back because his earlier mistakes had been forgotten.

After the first England T20 squad announcement, Key had said, “I talked to Alex Hales, he contacted me really, and he argued why he wasn’t there and I believe that’s perfectly correct too.” I greatly love it when they call back and ask, “Come on then, why wasn’t I there?” I have a tonne of respect for those that do it as opposed to those who complain about their exclusion in the background.