15/04/2024

Ben McDermott is one of the many Australians looking for a lucrative IPL contract (image: cricket.com.au)

From Cummins to Hazlewood, McDermott to Lynn, 47 aussies are looking to strike gold at the IPL Auction. Who is going to be the next million dollar Australian?

The IPL mega auction gets underway today, with each squad having an increased salary of 90 crores to fill their 2022 squads.

It feels like just yesterday that Pat Cummins broke the record for the highest Australian contract in Indian Premier League history, after being snapped up for $3.17 million by the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Every year hundreds of the best cricketers put their name in the IPL auction with the dream of becoming a millionaire in mere seconds. On Saturday some 590 players, from David Warner to Quinton de Kock, will all be hoping that their name ensues a bidding war.

This year a massive 47 Australian’s have registered, with players from the stature of Cummins all the way to young gun Aiden Cahill all in the auction pool.

This doesn’t even count the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis who have already been retained by their respective franchises.

The auction can be a bit tricky and confusing, with names flying around and tens of millions of dollars being spent.

To make it all a bit easier, here is a guide to the Australian’s in the IPL 2022 Auction. Whilst we haven’t listed every player looking to be sold, here is a quick look at a few to keep an eye on.

Guaranteed selections:

David Warner

Previous franchise: Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL Record: 5449 runs @ 41.59

When you think about Australians in the IPL, It’s hard to go past one that has more of an impact than David Warner. The opener has dominated the league for years, winning a title as captain for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016.

This all changed in 2021 as the opener experienced his toughest year in the IPL. After being relinquished of the captaincy after just 6 games last season, he found himself out of the squad. He played just the two matches into the second leg of the tournament when the competition rebooted.

Despite the disappointment of the campaign Warner went on to prove the Sunrisers wrong at the 2021 T20 World Cup, finishing as the second-highest run-scorer, In a Player of the Tournament performance to help lead Australia to their maiden title.

Expect the 35-year-old to earn over a million dollars this auction, with multiple teams bidding for him.

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Mitch Marsh

Previous Franchise: Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL Record: 225 runs @ 17.3, 20 wkts @ 21

The IPL and Mitchell Marsh have never quite clicked. The extremely talented all-rounder has always struggled in the biggest T20 competition in the world, proving to be a far more effective bowler in the tournament over his 5 seasons.

Come this time last year many would have predicted that the Western Australian may not have even been in the competition come 2022, however off the back of his incredible World Cup and BBL form he is almost a lock.

His average of 61, along with his final winning knock of 77* reminded everyone around the world just how good the all-rounder can be.

He then followed that up with 347 runs at 58 for the Perth Scorchers, with many saying that the Bison is in career-best touch.

Despite his patchy IPL track record expect teams to bid big for Marsh, with the Western Australian being predicted to have a contract upwards of one million dollars come the end of the weekend.

Fairly likely selections:

Josh Hazlewood

Previous Franchise: Chennai Super Kings

IPL Record: 12 wickets @ 29.75

For a long time the IPL never saw Hazlewood as a legitimate option, rather seeing the big quick as a brilliant test bowler and not a T20 bowler. Now he is an IPL champion.

Despite being picked up in 2014 and 2015 Hazlewood wouldn’t make his debut until 2020, where he would go on to pick up one wicket at an average of 64 for the Chennai Super Kings.

Since then, the Bendemeer Bullet has shown the world just how dynamic of a bowler he is, as he went on to pick up 11 wickets at just over 25 in the second leg of last year’s tournament.

He would follow this up with 11 wickets at just over 15 in the T20 World Cup, finishing as the joint fourth-highest wicket-taker.

Despite not playing much cricket and coming off an injury sustained in the Ashes series, Hazlewood’s timely return to the field against Sri Lanka last night where he took 4/12 at the SCG, could put him in for a big auction.

He has placed himself at a base price of $377,000, which is on the high end of minimums, however with his current form it is difficult to see every franchise passing up on him.

Nathan Coulter Nile

Previous Franchise: Mumbai Indians

IPL Record: 48 wkts @ 21.91

Nathan Coulter Nile is the exact type of player that IPL franchises are looking for. Put simply he bowls quick and can hit a long ball.

The Western Australian has had an extremely successful IPL career, collecting 48 wickets in his seven seasons at an average of just under 22.

Unfortunately he has never been able to demonstrate to the competition his ability with the bat, averaging just 7 runs.

Despite this, teams are always happy to splash the cash on the all-rounder, with Mumbai paying $885,000 for his services last season.

Similar to Hazlewood he does have quite a high base price at $377,000, however expect the big Western Australian to have a few teams bidding come the auction.

Potential Selections:

Ben McDermott

Previous Franchise: N/A

IPL Record: N/A

It’s remarkable to think that Ben McDermott has never played in the IPL considering his years of dominant BBL action.

For some reason he has never been at the top of the billing for any franchise, with his lack of overseas cricket likely playing a major factor.

If there is ever to be a time he is picked up, this 2022 auction is the one. The middle-order batsmen dominated this year’s BBL, scoring 577 runs at an average of nearly fifty with two hundreds.

His strike rate of 153.87 would certainly be appealing to those who run IPL franchises, as well as his ability to wicket keep.

Whilst there is the feeling that franchises may just not see him as an IPL player, his base price is quite low, sitting at just $94,000.

If any team needs an in form versatile batsmen then McDermott could very well be that option, don’t be surprised if someone snaps him up near his minimum.

Usman Khawaja

Previous Franchise: Rising Pune Supergiants

IPL Record: 127 runs @ 21.16

It has been over half a decade since Usman Khawaja last played in the IPL, where he featured in six matches for the now defunct Rising Pune Supergiants.

Many thought that the Queenslander’s international career may have been over midway through last year, however back to back centuries in the fourth Ashes test has firmly put Khawaja’s name back in the headlines.

Despite not having a brilliant tournament the last time he played in 2016 he will likely at least be considered by franchises around the league, especially off the back of his current scintillating form and his versatility in the batting order.

His base price tag of $283,000 is quite high for a player who hasn’t featured in the tournament for a long time, and considering proven performers like Henriques may cost less it could deter potential suitors.

If anyone does pick up Khawaja they will not be disappointed with his output, it is just a question of if any franchise is willing to take the risk.

Dark horse selections:

Hayden Kerr

Previous Franchise: N/A

IPL Record: N/A

Just a few months ago very few Australians would have known much about Hayden Kerr, however for those who watched the most recent edition of the BBL they are now fully aware of his capabilities.

The big all-rounder collected 25 wickets throughout the tournament at just an average of 15, however despite these ridiculous bowling statistics it was his batting which put him in the headlines.

Parachuted int to opening the batting in the Grand Final qualifier against the Adelaide Strikers, His 98* was remarkable, hitting 12 off the final three balls to get his side home.

It is a long shot that Kerr gets picked up, however stranger things have happened at these auctions.

BBL form has traditionally counted for something, and considering his clear ability with the bat and ball he may be a viable option for some.

His base price of $38,000 also makes him exceptionally appealing, expect him to maybe get bought at this amount.

Chris Green

Previous Franchise: Kolkata Knight Riders

IPL Record: 0 wkts for 24 runs

Chris Green is the perfect example of a modern T20 cricketer. He has never played for Australia and likely never will, however he has played for and captained teams all around the world.

In the most recent BBL the spin bowler didn’t perform overly well, collecting 6 wickets and getting 82 runs.

Despite this there is something about Green that should just suit the IPL. Whether it be his all-round ability, his leadership skills or his ability to lift team morale, it is surprising that he has never had the opportunity to perform in the league.

Green did have one opportunity, getting bought at his base price in 2020. Unfortunately for him he was banned from bowling shortly after due to his action, and only got to play in one match.

Green deserves another chance in the IPL, however his $75,000 price tag may deter potential suitors.

Whilst it is unlikely that he will get selected, his overall valuable nature to a team environment may just get one or two teams interested.

Tim David:

Previous Franchise: Royal Challengers Bangalore

IPL Record: 1 run

Don’t sleep on the 25-year – old Singaporean-born Australian making a big mark at this years IPL mega-auction.

The Hobart Hurricanes middle-order batter is making a name for himself in overseas competitions, most recently the PSL, and is being spoken about as one of the dark-horses in this auction.

David has played just the one IPL game previously, called into the RCB squad as a replacement player for Finn Allen on the back of his blistering form in The Hundred and the CPL. He only played a single game but this time around could be in line for a bigger payday.

His base price for this season’s auction is ₹40 lakhs, which could him a shrewd pick at the IPL 2022 Auction.

List of all Australians in the IPL Auctions:

Base price of 200 lakh (approx. A$377,000)

Pat Cummins, David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ashton Agar

Base price of 150 lakh (approx. A$283,000)

Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, Usman Khawaja, Kane Richardson

Base price of 100 lakh (approx. A$189,000)

Marnus Labuschagne, Daniel Sams, Andrew Tye, Moises Henriques, Riley Meredith, James Faulkner, D’Arcy Short, Josh Philippe

Base price of 75 lakh (approx. A$142,000)

Nathan Ellis, Jason Behrendorff, Sean Abbott, Billy Stanlake, Ben Cutting

Base price of 50 lakh (approx. A$94,000)

Ben McDermott, Kurtis Patterson, Wes Agar, Jack Wildermuth, Joel Paris, Hilton Cartwright

Base price of 40 lakh (approx. A$75,000)

Tim David, Chris Green

Base price of 30 lakh (approx. A$57,000)

Ben Dwarshuis, Matt Kelly

Base price of 20 lakh (approx. A$38,000)

Hayden Kerr, Tanveer Sangha, Alex Ross, Jake Weatherald, Nathan McAndrew, Tom Rogers, Liam Guthrie, Liam Hatcher, Jason Sangha, Matt Short, Aidan Cahill

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