IPL 2018: Alex Hales replaces David Warner in SunRisers Hyderabad squad

Grant Boone
April 1, 2018

Warner was subsequently banned for a year by Cricket Australia and has now been replaced in the IPL by Hales.

Till date, Hales is the only England player to score a T20I century. He is also the top-ranked English player and the only one to feature in the top-10 list of the ICC T20I rankings.

Warner, 31, has been banned from global cricket for a year over a ball-tampering scandal during the recent third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Sunrisers' move for Hales means that his gamble to become a white-ball specialist despite missing out in the IPL auction has paid off - stressing his availability in the event of any replacements being needed.

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Hales had previously featured in the IPL in its 2015 edition when he replaced an injured Corey Anderson in the Mumbai Indians squad. For his leading role in the ball-tampering controversy during the recent third Test between Australia and South Africa, Warner has been suspended for one year and stripped of ever holding a leadership role within the Australian team.

SunRisers Hyderabad had retained Warner in a ₹12.5 crore deal. SRH has clinched the IPL title once in 2016. It will be interesting to see the way he performs and it won't be easy for Hales to fill in the shoes of a player like Warner.

The 29-year-old Hales has played in the Big Bash League (BBL), Pakistan Super League (PSL) and Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

The Sunrisers have named New Zealand's Kane Williamson as their skipper after Warner stepped down.

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