Norttinghamshire batsman Alex Hales has agreed to join Melbourne Renegades as a replacement for injured West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels.

Samuels damaged his eye socket when he top-edged a Lasith Malinga delivery into his grill during a fiery derby against Melbourne Stars.

"The contact from Melbourne Renegades came out of the blue but it's a great opportunity to join a team who are flying in the competition," said Hales.

"I've played a lot of cricket recently and I feel in good nick so hopefully I can make a difference."

Renegades Coach Simon Helmot was pleased to secure a quality replacement.

“He’s just turned 24 but he’s already an accomplished T20 batsman who has taken apart international attacks all over the world," he said.

“We’re delighted to have him on board for the remainder of the season and have full confidence he can get the job done at the top of the Renegades’ order.”

Hales will renew acquaintances with former Notts teammate Darren Pattinson as the league leaders tune-up for the semi-finals with their final group game on Wednesday.