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Alex Hales pictured in blackface as English cricket handed a new blow

  • ‘At the time, I did not realise the offensive nature,’ he said
  • Azeem Rafiq apologises for sending antisemitic messages

Cricket’s bruising week took yet another hit on Thursday night when the former England batsman Alex Hales admitted painting his face black for a New Year’s Eve party in 2009.

Hales, who this week denied he had named his black dog Kevin after a racial slur allegedly used at Yorkshire by Gary Ballance, was forced to explain why he attended the party with a black face.

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