Mirror Sport has reviewed five players who might be in high demand after 30 England players entered the IPL auction.
Three hundred and thirty of the 318 players from overseas who have registered to bid at this year’s Indian Premier League auction are English.
Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali and Moeen Ali were already retained by their respective franchises. Moeen will represent Chennai Super Kings while Moeen will represent Rajasthan Royals.
Many top England stars will be joining them at the tournament, hoping to earn huge paydays.
However, many Test team members, including captain Joe Root and vice-captain Ben Stokes, have declined to participate in the auction.
Jofra Archer, Sam Curran, and others are still missing as they recover from injuries.
Mirror Sport has selected five of the 30 people who have entered the auction.
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Because there are few domestic top-order options, it can be difficult for an overseas opener to secure an IPL contract.
Bairstow has a stellar IPL record and is a good wicketkeeper.
Bairstow was the IPL’s first player in 2019, scoring 1,038 runs in 28 innings. His average run rate was 41.52, and his strike rate was 142.19.
The 32-year old is also a great spin player and should be attractive to a variety of franchises.
Morgan was a good batsman in the second half of last season’s IPL, but he led his Kolkata Knight Riders side to victory after he took over as skipper midway through.
Morgan will not be available to bid with the rest of England’s players. Morgan has not played first-class cricket for England since 2019.
Morgan, who is a power hitter at the bottom of the order, may not have an impressive IPL record. However he is still a quality player and will hope for another stint in this tournament.
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Wood is a fast bowler with a speed of over 90 mph and could be in high demand at the auction due to the recent success that Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rbada have had in tournaments.
Wood’s performances in the Ashes will be remembered by potential employers. He is optimistic that a stint with the IPL will help him get ahead of the T20 World Cup in Oct.
He stated: “If I look ahead to the World Cup and I can learn something in the IPL, if I can put myself in pressure situations and try and get better for the end of the year, that’ll be good.”
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Livingstone, England’s breakout star of last year, is an explosive hitter who can bat anywhere in the top order. He’s also a useful spinner.
Livingstone’s all-round skills were evident in the T20 World Cup. His strike rate was 158.62 which is the highest of England’s frontline batsmen. Livingstone also took six wickets at an annual 14.33.
Although he’s only played nine IPL games, the 28 year-old is an exciting player in T20 cricket. His ability to use both bat and bowl will ensure that he is highly sought after at the auction.
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Mills was made a millionaire in 2017 by Royal Challengers Bangalore. He only played five games and suffered from injuries.
Five years later, the 29-year old is a much improved player. His combination of speed, a slower ball and left-arm angle could make his a valuable commodity at the auction.
Mills also has an impressive record at death. He is known for his ability to bowl into the pitch rather than trying to hit yorkers. This makes him one the most successful bowlers in an innings back.