Hales to replace Warner for Sunrisers

Lynette PayneApr 01, 2018

A BCCI press release today confirmed that Hales, 29, has been purchased by SRH for his base price of Rs 1 crore having been overlooked during the player auction in January.

David Warner banned from the Indian Premier League 2018 by the BCCI along with Steve Smith, Sunrisers named Kane Williamson to led in the IPL.

SRH chose to pick Hales who is the first and only English player till date to score a T20I century.

Nevertheless, Hales looks the ideal replacement for Warner as of now and he will most likely open the innings along with Shikhar Dhawan.

Warner, the former Sunrisers captain, has been charged by Cricket Australia with developing the ball-tampering plot and telling teammate Cameron Bancroft to carry it out during the Cape Town Test. He is also the only one from England side to who is featured in the top-10 list of the ICC t20 rankings.

Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera has declined joining Sunrisers Hyderabad as David Warner's replacement, if reports are to be believed.

Sunrisers' move for Hales, 28, means his gamble to become a white-ball specialist despite missing out on the IPL auction has paid off. SRH has clinched the IPL title once in 2016.

Earlier in the day, David Warner "apologised unreservedly" for his role in the ball tampering scandal and said that he took full responsibilty for his role in the incident. He recently featured for Islamabad United in the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) and played a few crucial knocks for his team. Hales, however, has never actually played in an IPL match.

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