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Joe Root and Eoin Morgan go unsold at IPL auction

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan go unsold at IPL auction”

A surprising number of England players were overlooked in the IPL auction with captains Joe Root and Eoin Morgan failing to attract a single bid.

Test captain Root recently chose to sit out the Twenty20 Tri-Series against Australia and New Zealand, giving himself the chance to appear in the IPL.

Australian bowler AJ Tye, who took a five-wicket haul in Sunday's fifth one-day global against England, earned a million dollar contract as Kings XI Punjab picked him up.

On Saturday, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Jason Roy were bought but on Sunday just Mark Wood, Sam Billings and Chris Jordan were signed up. I am surprised but I guess I'm incredibly lucky that I've been picked up.

England limited-overs captain Morgan has previously played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab but this will be first time he has not featured since entering the auction in 2010.

Opener Hales was also not signed up despite sitting eighth in the Twenty20 worldwide batting rankings.

Paceman Tymal Mills, the second most expensive player past year, also went unsold, as did wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, all-rounders David Willey and Tom Curran and seamer Liam Plunkett.

I've had a look at the English players who have been called up and assessed how well they'll get on in the tournament. Playing under MS Dhoni will be fantastic. I'm delighted to be picked up.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is set to appear in court on 13 February charged with affray, commanded the highest price of the auction when he was sold to Rajasthan Royals for £1.4m on Saturday.

Stokes and Unadkat played alongside each other in last year's competition as they helped Rising Pune Supergiant reach the final, where they were runners-up to Mumbai Indians.

Stokes, 26, who was named the IPL's most valuable player past year, was again listed as one of 16 marquee players.



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