English opener Alex Hales ended the Sydney Sixers' Big Bash League title defence in spectacular style as the table- topping Melbourne Renegades sounded an ominous warning ahead of the finals.
Hales, signed as injured Jamaican Marlon Samuels's replacement on Tuesday, walloped 89 from 52 balls, smashing eight sixes to lift the Renegades to a total of 5-178 and a 29-run victory.
The performance came less than 12 hours after he completed the exacting journey from London to Sydney, but the 24-year-old showed no signs of jetlag in last night's easy win.
"I was lucky enough to get a bit of sleep on the plane," Hales said.
"I knew if I got through the tough bit at the start I could make up for it later on."