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Hales to replace Warner

NEW DELHI, Mar 31: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have signed England batsman Alex Hales as a replacement for disgraced Australian star David Warner for the upcoming 2018 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). "Breaking news: Alex Hales, the hard hitting English batsman has joined the #OrangeArmy!" the IPL outfit announced on their official Twitter handle on Saturday.

Warner and Australia captain Steve Smith have been banned for 12 months and the former’s opening partner Cameron Bancroft has been handed a nine-month ban for attempting to tamper with the ball on the third day of the third Test match against South Africa. Warner, who was SRH captain last year, has also been banned from this year’s IPL by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with Smith. Hyderabad coach Tom Moody also took to social media to welcome Hales to the team. IANS

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