Alex Hales on standby for England after Bairstow twists ankle playing football

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Alex Hales is preparing for a return to the England XI for Saturday’s fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka after Jonny Bairstow twisted an ankle during the team’s regular pre-nets football warm-up.

Bairstow, the side’s leading batsman in 2018 with 1,025 runs from opener, suffered the injury to his right ankle while stretching for the ball and was not seen during the remainder of Friday’s training session.

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