Hilfenhaus earns late IPL call-up with Delhi

Ex-Test fast-bowler replaces JP Duminy at the Daredevils ahead of their IPL season-opener against RCB

Swing king Ben Hilfenhaus will embark on his third Indian Premier League campaign after the Delhi Daredevils announced the signing of the former Australia paceman on Saturday.

Delhi confirmed Hilfenhaus will replace South Africa batsman JP Duminy, who pulled out of the tournament for personal reasons.

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The 34-year-old quick joins Pat Cummins as the second Australian on Delhi's books for this year's IPL, with the likes of Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and Proteas speedster Kagiso Rabada also set to feature for the Daredevils.

Hilfenhaus, who retired from first-class cricket last year, was a key component of the Melbourne Stars' KFC Big Bash League campaign this summer, collecting 12 wickets at 20.75 in nine games.

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The Daredevils will be Hilfenhaus' second IPL side, having played with the Chennai Super Kings in the 2012 and 2014 editions of the tournament.

He was part of the 2012 Chennai team that lost in the IPL final to the Kolkata Knight Riders.

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Hilfenhaus' signing takes the number of Australians playing in this year's IPL to 22.

Delhi kick off their IPL campaign on Saturday night (Sunday 12.30am AEST) against Shane Watson and Travis Head's Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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