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Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja head the 37 Australians to feature in IPL auction

Instead of being one of the Australian players sweating if he will find a home in the Indian Premier League auction, Brad Hodge will have to make that call on many of his countrymen.

The still-formidable veteran was one of 38 Australians who nominated for this season's player auction, to be held on Saturday in Bangalore. Hodge has withdrawn because of his subsequent appointment as coach of Gujarat Lions, one of two new teams to feature in this year's elite domestic Twenty20 tournament.

Brad Hodge.
Decisions to make: Newly appointed coach of Gujarat Lions Brad Hodge. Photo: Getty Images

The selection of Hodge, 41, is a significant recognition of how much he has impressed in recent years as a support coach in the Big Bash League while still playing. The other new team, Pune, plumped for Stephen Fleming, a two-time title winner with Chennai.

Shane Watson is expected to be among of the mostly highly sought Australian players in the auction. Saturday's auction will be the first time the all-rounder has been available for purchase since the first year, with his team Rajasthan and Chennai now beginning a two-year ban. Their places have been filled by Hodge's Lions, based in Rajkot, and Fleming's Rising Pune Supergiants.

Players who nominate for the auction set a base price for themselves. Watson, Mike Hussey, Mitch Marsh and Kane Richardson are among the top bracket whose base price is 20 million rupees ($A416,000). They are followed by Brad Haddin, James Pattinson and Cameron White for 15 million ($312,000).

There will be significant interest on a few of the Australians with a base price of 10 million: Aaron Finch, because he is Twenty20 captain, and Usman Khawaja, because of his dazzling form across all formats. Khawaja is yet to play in the IPL.

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With the auction to start inĀ mid-afternoon Australian time many players will be busy during it, playing in either Australia's second one-dayer against New Zealand or in the Sheffield Shield.

Eleven Australians already hold IPL contracts: Mitch Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, James Faulkner, Mitch Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Chris Lynn, Moises Henriques and Brad Hogg.

The biggest spenders at the auction will be Delhi and Hyderabad, who shed many of their players from last season in order to have, respectively, 371.5 million ($7.62 million) and 301.5 million ($6.19 million) available at the auction.

UP FOR AUCTION

20m rupees ($A416,000)
Mike Hussey
Mitch Marsh
Kane Richardson
Shane Watson

15m rupees ($312,000)
Brad Haddin
|James Pattinson
|Cameron White

10m rupees ($208,000)
George Bailey
Joe Burns
Aaron Finch
John Hastings
David Hussey
Usman Khawaja
Nathan Lyon
Shaun Tait
Adam Voges

5m rupees ($104,000)
Sean Abbott
Ashton Agar
Jackson Bird
Scott Boland
Johan Botha (lives in Australia, will qualify as local player next season)
Cameron Boyce
Ben Cutting
Nic Maddinson

3m rupees ($62,000)
Michael Beer
Aiden Blizzard
Ben Dunk
Peter Handscomb
Travis Head
Michael Klinger
Ben Laughlin
Tim Ludeman
Joel Paris
Marcus Stoinis
Andrew Tye
Adam Zampa

2m rupees ($42,000)
Alex Ross

1m rupees ($21,000)
Cameron Bancroft


ALREADY CONTRACTED

65m rupees ($1.35 million): Mitch Johnson (Punjab)

60m rupees ($1.25 million): Glenn Maxwell (Punjab)

55m rupees ($1.14 million): David Warner (Hyderabad)

51m rupees ($1.06 million): James Faulkner (Gujarat)

50m rupees ($1.04 million): Mitch Starc (Bangalore)

42.5m rupees ($883,000): Nathan Coulter-Nile (Delhi)

40m rupees ($831,000): Steve Smith (Pune)

22m rupees ($457,000): Shaun Marsh (Punjab)

13m rupees ($270,000): Chris Lynn (Kolkata)

10m rupees ($209,000): Moises Henriques (Hyderabad)

5m rupeesĀ ($104,000): Brad Hogg (Kolkata)