Thursday, 1 September 2016, 04:30am
Alex Hales unsure on Bangladesh tour amid reports of delayed squad announcement
Amid reports that limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has significant concerns, no player has yet committed publicly to the trip.
Alex Hales is the latest, after his record-breaking 171 against Pakistan as England sealed the Royal London Series on his home ground at Trent Bridge, to make it clear he has yet to make up his mind.
Three players have addressed the topic in press conferences, since the England and Wales Cricket Board's security adviser Reg Dickason reported back last week that it will be safe to travel, and each has cited 'tough decisions' not yet reached.
England's Test and one-day international trip, set to start at the end of September, was thrown into doubt after a deadly terror attack in Dhaka took 29 lives in July.
Morgan's doubts have reportedly resulted in a delay to the ECB's plans to name the ODI squad next week, so that the captain can be convinced he should lead it.
Hales admitted, like Jos Buttler and Liam Plunkett before him, that he has yet to decide - even though a no-show would threaten his precarious hold on the position of Test match opener.
"If you choose not to go to Bangladesh you're risking your spot, particularly me," he said, fresh from hitting England's highest all-time ODI score in a record-breaking match which established an unassailable 3-0 series lead.
"I'm still uncertain as to what to do.
"It's going to be some tough decision to make in the next week or so."
Hales will set aside all those vexed considerations as he and England try to close out a first ever unbeaten white-ball summer, in three remaining matches against Pakistan which conclude with a one-off Twenty20 at Old Trafford next Wednesday.
"A decision that big is always going to be in the back of your mind," he added.
"I've tried to shut it out and focus on what's an important series for us.
"I feel I've managed to do that so far, and I'll think about it in the next week or so."
Chris Woakes has become the fourth player to admit he is not yet able to commit to the tour - although he stressed Dickason's reassurances do carry weight with the team, and confirmed discussions are ongoing even through the current series with ECB director Andrew Strauss and others.
"It's a tricky one," he said.
"We are having all the discussions with Reg, the security people, Straussy.
"I'm sure by the end of the series everyone will have to have made their minds up - and I'm in exactly the same boat."
Woakes, England's breakthrough player of the summer in all formats, is a linchpin of their plans - and points out the importance of feeling at ease in order to perform as well as possible on the pitch.
"You have to respect the security level that Reg has reported back on," he added.
"It's a tricky subject. People are going there to play cricket, and they want to make sure they feel 100%."
At this stage, he still senses it would be a step into the unknown.
"I suppose a lot of people won't know they are 100% safe until they get there," he added.
"But that's up to the individual.
"I'm sure by the end of the series, in a week's time, everyone will know and have to make a decision."
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Alex Hales is one of several England players yet to make up his mind about touring Bangladesh