England star batsman lines up for first IPL auction

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Root had stayed away from the IPL firstly because he wanted to establish himself in Test cricket and secondly due to the twin considerations of his first child, which was born in January 2017, and his appointment as Test captain of the England team.

In 2018 IPL auctions, there will be a total of 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players including 778 Indian players. Some 1,122 players will be on the auction block for the eight teams to bid for.

It predicted "a fierce bidding war" for Indian stars Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh, with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Kuldeep Yadav and openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay also going under the hammer.

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is still out of the national side as he awaits disciplinary or legal charges for the Bristol incident in September, has listed his base price at INR 2 crore.

Former Australian pacer Mitchell Starc, who ended his contract with Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of last season, has one again thrown his hat into the ring.

Among Australian cricketers, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins top the list, being the most feared pacers in global cricket.

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From the Caribbean, Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Braithwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder would be the most sought after players in the IPL 2018 auction. It is also reported that there are 3 players from associate countries.

Australia and South Africa will have the largest overseas representation with 58 and 57 players, respectively.

South African players listed for the auction include Hashim Amla, Faf du Plesis, Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel. Prominent Sri Lankan players who will undergo the hammer are Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Lasith Malinga and skipper Angelo Mathews.

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There are 30 New Zealand players on the list including Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Colin Munro and Tom Latham. Only 26 players from England have made it to the list. Afghanistan will have 13 players, Bangladesh eight, Zimbabwe seven, U.S. two and Scotland one.

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