All-rounder Moises Henriques and Western Australian Ashton Turner were the only Aussies picked up in the 2019 Indian Premier League auction overnight.
Henriques, the 31-year-old Sydney Sixers star, was one of 23 Aussies hoping to win a gig in the rich league.
He landed at Kings XI Punjab and will receive more than $193,000 for his stint.
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Later, Rajasthan Royals swooped on Perth Scorchers all-rounder Turner, forking out his base price of a touch over $98,000.
The auction has a number of rounds. Aussie ODI spinner Adam Zampa, big-hitting Ben McDermott and popular Victorian slow bowler Fawad Ahmed were overlooked early,
Test batsman Shaun Marsh and T20 gun D’Arcy Short were among the high-profile Aussies overlooked.
The duo had base prices of $392,600 but did not attract bids. James Faulkner, Adam Zampa and Usman Khawaja were others who failed to attract attention.
Henriques, a talented bat and solid medium pace bowler, will join fellow Aussie AJ Tye, gun spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and big-hitting West Indian Chris Gayle in the talented squad.
Turner, 25, will join former Australian test skipper Steve Smith at Rajasthan after the Royals retained the batting dynamo last month.
While the Aussies didn’t fetch huge prices, there was plenty of cash splashed.
Seamer Jaydev Unadkat and come-from-the-clouds mystery spinner Varun Chakravathy attracted the most early action, with both selling for more than $1.6 million.
The Royals paid a premium for Unadkat, given the lack of left-arm options in the auction, but it was still less than the $2.25 million splurged on him last year.
There was a real appetite for Chakravathay – who is actually 27 and doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry. He started out as a keeper-bat, but is now a much-coveted slowie. Kings XI Punjab won out with him.
Boom all-rounder Shivam Dube went for 5 crore to Royal Challengers Mumbai – that’s $980,000 in Aussie money – after starting at a base price of just $40,000, before everyone saw him crush five sixes in six balls in a Ranji Trophy clash.
Rejuvenated Sri Lankan fast man Lasith Malinga gets another chance with the Mumbai Indians. He’s a good back-up for superstar Indian Test bowler Jaspreet Bumrah, who has given the Aussies all sorts of trouble so far this series. They paid his base price of $395,000.
A bidding war erupted for Indian seamer Mohammed Shami and he lands at Kings XI Punjab for just under $1 million. Shami had an economy rate of over 10 in the IPL last season – Not exactly a bargain if you go on that, but he is known as a wicket-taker. You’d expect him to do some death bowling with Aussie AJ Tye.
English keeper Johnny Bairstow became the top keeping option at the Hyderabad Sunrisers for $430,000. The Sunrisers nabbed Indian No.1 keeper Wriddhiman Saha – who is out with a shoulder injury – but they’ll be hoping he’s healthy when Bairstow leaves on England duties later in the season.
Royal Challengers and Kings XI went hard at Nicholas Pooran, with the Punjab side landing the West Indian keeper for $820,000, joining Henriques. Not a bad price, given the West Indian is a gun keeper who absolutely belts the cover off it.
Big West Indian Carlos Brathwaite went for nearly $1 million – almost a third of the Kolkata Knight Riders spend.
There was no love for Kiwi master-blaster and Brisbane Heat BBL star Brendon McCullum, who was passed over in the early rounds.
Rajasthan Royals and the Delhi Capitals both had a crack at current Indian player Hanuma Vihari, with the Capitals winning the war – for a cool $395,000!
Fellow Indian Test player Cheteshwar Pujara wasn’t so lucky, he went unsold, as did English power hitter Alex Hales.
Indian Test seamer Ishant Sharma was also picked up by the Delhi Capitals. Popular, but ageing Indian teammate Yuvraj Singh went without an early bid.
Banned Australians Smith and David Warner were retained by their franchises and therefore did not have to participate in the auction.
But their availability for the IPL remains unclear, given Cricket Australia have made it clear that national and domestic commitments will take priority.
The 15-man World Cup squad will have to attend a May training camp that clashes with the IPL.
The Indian league also cuts across an Australia-Pakistan one-day series and the Shield final.
T20 stars such as Glenn Maxwell opted out of returning to the IPL.
A total of 351 cricketers, including 228 Indians, were nominated.
AUSTRALIA’S NOMINEES AND STARTING PRICES
D’Arcy Short $385,000
Shaun Marsh $385,000
Alex Carey $289,000
James Faulkner $289,000
Moises Henriques $193,000 (selected by Kings XI Punjab)
Adam Zampa $193,000
Usman Khawaja $193,000
Kane Richardson $193,000
Daniel Christian $193,000
Ben Laughlin $193,000
James Pattinson $193,000
Ben McDermott $193,000
Fawad Ahmed $96,000
Ashton Turner $96,000 (selected by Rajasthan Royals)
Sean Abbott $96,000
Jack Wildermuth $96,000
Ben Dwarshius $58,000
Chris Green $58,000
Aaron Summers $38,500
Jason Sangha $38,500
Aaron Hardie $38,500
Jake Weatherald $38,500
Jack Prestwidge $38,500