Watch: Twitter goes crazy over ‘awkward’ Hales-Morgan face-off at T20 World Cup | Cricket

England opener Alex Hales produced a brilliant performance in the side’s final group match against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Hales chased a 142 run goal and scored a solid 47 from just 30 deliveries to give England an exciting start to the run chase. His dismissal led to a knockout blow for the squad, but England eventually recovered – thanks to a calm, unbeaten 42-run knockout from Ben Stokes – to advance to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup.

Jos Buttler’s squad finished second in the Group 1 table to advance to the semi-finals; their opponents will be confirmed on Sunday when all Group 2 sides play in their respective final matches of the Super 12.

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After the match, Alex Hales gave an interview for Sky Cricket, which got a little awkward as former England captain Eoin Morgan was also part of the broadcast team and stood next to Hales. For context: Hales had failed a drug test twice prior to the 2019 World Cup and was withdrawn from the squad after being given a 21-day ban. Under Morgan’s captaincy, Hales has since been banned and following the retirement of the former captain earlier this year, Hales was given another chance in the England squad following the unfortunate injury of Jonny Bairstow weeks before the World Cup.

Hales joined the England team for his seven-match T20I tour to Pakistan and produced strong performances, continuing his good performances in the ongoing World Cup.

Here’s the full video of the interview:

Twitter had a field day as they responded to the interview:

Hales interviews Morgan after brilliant performance to get England to semi-finals, brilliant television

— aki 🧩 (@padiopanee) November 5, 2022

Not a single glance at Morgan? I loved Morgan and what he did for English cricket, but his treatment of Hales was more bizarre towards the end. Not surprised that Hales offers him absolutely nothing in this interview https://t.co/jxGWfmCODA

— Michael English (@MEnglish04) November 5, 2022

Not a single glance at Morgan? I loved Morgan and what he did for English cricket, but his treatment of Hales was more bizarre towards the end. Not surprised that Hales offers him absolutely nothing in this interview https://t.co/jxGWfmCODA

— Michael English (@MEnglish04) November 5, 2022

Previously, New Zealand was the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup on Friday. They finished at the top of Group 2 and meet the runners-up in the other group. While South Africa will face the Netherlands in the first game of Group 2 on Sunday, Pakistan will face Bangladesh, while India will face Zimbabwe in the other two matches.

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