Hales in Mumbai Indians mix
Mumbai Indians’ replacement for the injured Corey Anderson is among those available for the crunch game against CSK, without the conditioning needed to survive Mumbai humidity in a night game under lights.
Shane Watson had prepared his body to last 20 overs by increasing fluid intake days before Rajasthan Royals last league tie on Saturday. Three days later after travelling with the MI squad to Hyderabad, Hales will be pumped up on adrenalin and a growing reputation for big-hitting, forged in different conditions during the Natwest T20 event.
MI’s settled opening pair of Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel may not be broken up to accommodate a debutant, so Hales’s quality time under the Wankhede floodlights may happen by soaking up excitement in the company of stars Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, each one a match-winner with the bat.
Hayes’s entry into IPL 2015 for the play-offs coincides with Brendon McCullum’s exit from the Chennai Super Kings batting line-up and the interest over his replacement. Australian veteran opener Michael Hussey, South African Faf du Plessis have the credentials, regular number three Suresh Raina is capable of mentally adjusting to a specialized role.
Hussey, in fact was released by MI last season and rejoined CSK. du Plessis has been impressive in each of three IPL seasons since 2012 and scored 313 runs in 14 appearances this time for CSK. Raina’s capacity for clearing the fence makes him valuable anywhere in the batting order.
MI may be reluctant to create an opener slot for Hales, CSK is weighing pros and cons among opener options available to replace McCullum.
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