Shane Bond has backed Alex Hales in having a contract with a cricket team this year’s IPL season after he utilized his talents in the Big Bash League.
The English opener finished as the top scorer in the BBL campaign with 543 runs, scored at an average of 38.7 and an impressive strike rate of 161.6.
Hales’s performance helped the Sydney Thunder reach the playoffs, but they got knocked out against Brisbane Heat.
Overall, the Englishman had a good performance last season, and is expected to be one of the hot properties when the IPL 2021 live mini-auction takes place on February 18.
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Shane Bond, who is one of the coaching staff at Mumbai Indians, saw Hales from close quarters as he was a mentor with the Sydney Thunder. Speaking about the batsman, Bond said:
“He’s playing as well as I have ever seen him. We have a good team at Mumbai, but he’d give me a few shakes if we came up against him. It’s a great time to showcase your skills in the BBL (given the IPL auction is soon after). I always enjoy the auction; it can be a very exciting and life-changing night for a few people.”.
Bond added that he would be ‘amazed’ if Alex Hales ends up without having a team in the upcoming auction. However, he also mentioned that auctions could be very random.
“It can be completely random (in terms of winning bids and who is sold and unsold). Nothing ever surprises me,” added Bond.
Another notable name who has tipped Alex Hales to find an IPL franchise this season is a former assistant coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore and BBL’s head of international recruitment, Trent Woodhill.
“If Alex Hales is not the most expensive batter then I don’t know my cricket,” Woodhill told cricket.com.au.
Mumbai Indians picked Alex Hales in 2015 as a replacement for an injured Corey Anderson. However, he never made an appearance for the team at all.
Hales’s only IPL experience came while playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018 where he featured six times.