Andrew Flintoff has criticized those who’ve rushed to condemn Alex Hales, given that he changed into dropped by England after checking out a high quality for leisure capsules. Flintoff said those without near expertise of the 30-year-antique’s private scenario must be cautious of wading right into a potentially complex problem.

“Everyone is short to choose him and quick to have their reviews; however, I don’t recognize the lad’s private role,” the previous England captain said. “Rather than a cricketer, we’re speakme about a lad here. I suppose that’s got to be addressed – where he is as someone instead of in which he is as a cricketer.

“Once you’ve done that, you could make selections about whether or not he’s going to play, and whilst. But there are such a lot of people, players, and ex-players, just leaping to conclusions. I’m now not going to try this because I don’t know the instances.”

The 41-yr-antique, whose pedalo-borrowing antics disrupted England’s 2007 World Cup campaign, also dismissed worries that the England group might have been distracted through any controversy surrounding Hales at some stage in this 12 months’ tournament, which starts offevolved on 30 May. Ashley Giles, the managing director of England men’s cricket on the ECB, said the choice to drop the batsman changed into based totally on a preference “to ensure the crew is unfastened from any distractions and able to recognition on being a success at the pitch.”

“Whenever England plays a sport, there’s noise round it,” Flintoff insisted. “I never understood it. You’re there to play cricket. You practice hard; you work tough, you get on with it. Your activity doesn’t change because a person else is inside the dressing room, except it’s an apparent distraction. Especially some of the misdemeanors I got up to – I couldn’t wait to return to the sector. That was my secure area, a cricket field. There’s where I knew I desired to be, in which the entirety else can make an appearance after itself.”

Flintoff expects Jofra Archer to say a place in England’s very last World Cup squad, having been inspired through the bowler’s first two appearances within the Twenty20 against Pakistan and an ODI towards Ireland last week.

“I think he’s terrific,” he said. “Watching the lad bowl, with a lot manage, all of the tricks – slower balls, bouncers, yorkers – he’s got to be in. The real tempo is a massive asset, in particular within the middle overs in a single-day cricket. It’s exact to have that choice in your facet, a person who can come in and take a wicket while you want it.”

England has by no means won the World Cup but is No 1 in the ICC rankings and taken into consideration favorites to win the identity on domestic soil. “I think England have the satisfactory crew but the largest mission – and it always has been over some of the years – is whilst we’re underdogs we’re superb, after which while we’re favorites we bottle it,” said Flintoff, who is an ambassador for the tournament.

“This time, we’re anticipated to win, and I think managing that stress is going to be the toughest aspect. But every undertaking for this one-day side to this point, they appear to take it head-on. Other sides can win it, but I could not bet against England.”