Hales to replace Anderson in Mumbai squad


England batsman Alex Hales will replace injured New Zealand allrounder Corey Anderson in the Mumbai Indians squad for the last week of the Indian Premier League.

Anderson fractured his finger after playing four matches in the competition and was given time to recover at home. The left-hander returned to the Indian franchise at the beginning of May but he had not recovered sufficiently.

Mumbai, who is coached by Australia legend Ricky Ponting, have now decided to replace Anderson with Nottinghamshire top-order batsman Hales.

The 26 year-old Hales is an aggressive player and is the only England player to score an international century in the shortest format of the game.

He has 3351 runs at a strike-rate of 139.50 in 122 T20's played all around the world and will be available for the Mumbai Indians fixture against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on 17 May.