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Alex Hales back with Nottinghamshire as axed England batsman gets ready to return to action in one-day cup encounter against Durham

By Jack Bezants for MailOnline

Published: 11:56 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 12:00 BST, 3 May 2019

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Alex Hales is on the brink of making his return with Nottinghamshire after he was removed from all England squads for failing a second test for recreational drugs use.

Nottinghamshire announced on Wednesday that Hales would return at county level on Friday for their one-day match against Durham in Grantham. The start has been delayed by rain.

The batsman could have been in Ireland with the England side for the first match of a gargantuan summer of cricket.

Alex Hales will feature for Nottinghamshire against Durham in the one-day cup on Friday

Alex Hales will feature for Nottinghamshire against Durham in the one-day cup on Friday 

The opening batsman was axed from all England squad for failing a recreational drugs test

The opening batsman was axed from all England squad for failing a recreational drugs test

The start of the match between Nottinghamshire and Durham was delayed by rain

The start of the match between Nottinghamshire and Durham was delayed by rain 

But after The Guardian revealed last Friday that Hales

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