The Melbourne Renegades have pulled off a coup with the signing of English batsman Alex Hales to replace Marlon Samuels on the eve of the Big Bash League finals.
Samuels was ruled out for the rest of the season with a suspected eye socket fracture after edging a Lasith Malinga bouncer into his head during Sunday's win over the Melbourne Stars at the MCG.
Hales will be available for Wednesday's final group stage clash against the Sydney Sixers at the SCG as well as the finals series.
Renegades coach Simon Helmot said he was saddened to lose Samuels before backing Hales to make an impact at the top of the order.
"It's extremely disappointing to lose Marlon in these circumstances and we wish him all the best for a speedy recovery," he said.
"He'll be devoting his energies to getting himself right again before returning home to Jamaica.
"The team is now focusing on our Sydney road trip and Alex will be a big part of that as we continue preparations for the business end of the season.
"He's just turned 24 but he's already an accomplished T20 batsman who has taken apart international attacks all over the world.
"We're delighted to have him on board for the remainder of the season and have full confidence he can get the job done at the top of the Renegades' order."
Hales, who has an average of 34.83 at a strike rate of 127.43 for England in the T20 arena, posted 56 and 42 in his most recent outings against India last month.
The Renegades will also be without skipper Aaron Finch for the rest of the season after he was picked for Australia's opening two matches of the ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Melbourne Renegades squad to face Sydney Sixers: Daniel Harris, Fawad Ahmed, Alex Doolan, Ben Rohrer, Peter Nevill, Tom Cooper, Will Sheridan, Aaron O'Brien, Nathan Rimmington, Michael Hill, Darren Pattinson, Muthiah Muralidaran, Alex Hales
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First Posted 08 January, 2013 2:49PM AEST