Hales hooks up with Renegades

England Twenty20 batsman Alex Hales has joined current Big Bash League leaders Melbourne Renegades.

Hales has joined as a replacement for the injured Marlon Samuels.

The West Indian has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament after he was hit in the eye by a Lasith Malinga bouncer during the Renegades' match against the Melbourne Stars on Sunday.

Nottinghamshire batsman Hales has been a regular member of the England T20 international squad over the past 18 months and averages 34.83 at a strike rate of 127.43 in 14 internationals.

Hales will join the Renegades squad in Sydney for their final group match against the Sydney Sixers on Wednesday.