Alex Hales available for Nottinghamshire against Durham on Friday

Alex Hales is set to return for Nottinghamshire against Durham on Friday, with his club confirming he is available for selection in white-ball cricket again.

The batsman was withdrawn from all of England’s squads, including their provisional World Cup 15, following a reported 21-day ban for using recreational drugs.

Nottinghamshire released a statement on Wednesday evening saying they had spoken to Hales about his behaviour and that he could make his comeback in Friday’s Royal London One-Day Cup game against Durham.

The statement read: “The recent events in relation to Alex Hales have been difficult for everyone involved with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. Alex’s off-field actions have, at times, fallen way short of the behaviours the Club expects from any of its staff.

“Following his withdrawal from all England squads this week, we have met with Alex to express our concerns and to re-iterate that such actions cannot continue.

“The meeting was open, honest and constructive and a way forward was agreed between both parties. Alex has expressed a great deal of regret and contrition for his actions and he has ultimately paid a heavy price.

“He accepts that the position he finds himself in is of his own making. He knows he has a long road back to redeem himself in the eyes of many people, but that now has to be his aim.

“After much deliberation, we believe it’s in the best interests of all concerned for him to get back to playing cricket for Nottinghamshire as quickly as possible.

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