sunrisers hyderabad team 2018 Sun replace David Warner with Alex Hales
Alex Hales, England’s explosive opener, has been picked by the SunRisers Hyderabad as replacement for David Warner. The batsman was bought for his base price of INR 1 crore from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP) list, a BCCI release stated on Saturday (March 31).
Having lost their otherwise captain, Warner, to the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa which subsequently had him banned from the Indian Premier League 2018 by the BCCI along with Steve Smith, Sunrisers named Kane Williamson to take over the reins. However, to fulfill the role of an opener that Warner would’ve fulfilled along side Shikhar Dhawan, SRH decided to pick Hales, who is the first and only English player till date to score a T20I century.
Warner had made a tearful apology earlier in the day for his role in the ball-tampering scandal that has left the cricketing world reeling, saying he is “resigned to the fact” he may never play for Australia again. The left-handed opener repeatedly said he was taking “full responsibility for my part” in the controversy, which saw Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft use sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Newlands, Cape Town. Despite an emotional address to the media, Warner stonewalled questions about who was aware of the ball-tampering and whether it was the first such incident within the team.
Warner, 31, told a media conference in Sydney: “I can honestly say I have only wanted to bring glory to my country through playing cricket. “In striving to do so I have made the decision which has had the opposite effect and it’s one that I will regret for as long as I live.”
Warner’s appearance comes after similar heartfelt apologies by opening batsman Cameron Bancroft and captain Steve Smith, who broke down when he faced the media on Thursday.
Warner’s loss will be a massive void to fill for the franchise given that the Australian opener had been a vital cog in SRH’s fortunes over the years. He not just scored 2579 runs in 59 innings at a whopping average of 52.63 and an enviable strike-rate of 147.70, but also led Sunrisers to title glory in 2016. Thus, it was no wonder that the Sunrisers had used their Right-to-Match card to retain Warner.
Hales, whose limited-overs exploits are no secret, is the only Englishman to feature in the top 10 list of the ICC T20I rankings. He has 1456 runs in 52 T20Is, averaging 31.65 with a strike-rate of 136.32. He wasn’t snapped up by any of the IPL teams, going unsold in the auction earlier in the year. While fellow countrymen like Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes and Sam Billings attracted lucrative deals, there was no substantial interest for Hales. However, this is not the first time Hales will be seen in the IPL, having earlier played for Mumbai Indians in the 2015 edition. Back then as well, he had come in as a replacement, filling in for the injured Corey Anderson.
For Islamabad United in the recently-concluded Pakistan Super League, barring a score of 46 in his opening game of the tournament, he had a lean run, unable to cross the 20-run mark.
sunrisers hyderabad team 2018:alex hales Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan Arman, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Kane Williamson, Carlos Brathwaite, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Jordan, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Syed Mehdi Hasan, Ricky Bhui, Tanmay Agarwal