March 31, 2018 / 10:18 AM / 4 months ago

England's Hales replaces Warner in IPL's Hyderabad team

(Reuters) - England opener Alex Hales has replaced disgraced Australian David Warner in the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad for this year’s Indian Premier League, the IPL franchise said on Saturday.

Cricket - England Nets - Brightside Ground, Bristol, Britain - September 23, 2017 England's Alex Hales during nets Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Warner was stood down as Sunrisers captain and banned from this year’s IPL following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

“Welcome @AlexHales1 look forward to seeing you in Hyderabad. #OrangeArmy #SRH,” Sunrisers coach Tom Moody tweeted following the announcement.

Hales, who was signed for his base price of 10 million Indian rupees ($153,586), went unsold in the players auction in January.

Hales is the only England player to have scored a Twenty20 International century. The 29-year-old was previously picked by the Mumbai Indians but has not played a game in the IPL.

Warner led the Sunrisers to their maiden IPL title in 2016 and had agreed a 120 million Indian rupees deal in January to remain with the team in 2018.

Sunrisers will be led by New Zealand’s Kane Williamson this season.

($1 = 65.11 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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