By Jack Bezants for MailOnline
Published: 11:56 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 12:00 BST, 3 May 2019
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
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
But after The Guardian revealed last Friday that Hales was serving a 21-day ban for failing a test, he was axed by