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Eoin Morgan and Sam Curran get big-money deals in IPL auction

Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell and Chris Morris earn million-pound deals, Jason Roy and Chris Woakes taken by Delhi Capitals

Eoin Morgan
Image: KKR paid £560k to secure Eoin Morgan's services at next year's IPL

White-ball captain Eoin Morgan and all-rounder Sam Curran were the big winners from the England contingent at the IPL auction, earning deals in excess of £500k.

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Morgan was the second player up in the auction with Kolkata Knight Riders securing his services for £560k before Chennai Super Kings won the battle for Curran with a bid of £590k.

Tom Banton will also get to experience the IPL for the first time as he joins up with Morgan in Kolkata, the 21-year-old Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman went for £110k.

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer will be joined at Rajasthan Royals by Tom Curran. Having initially gone unsold, a bid of £110k made the bowling all-rounder the fourth England international at the Royals.

Jason Roy and Chris Woakes were picked up by Delhi Capitals for £160k each and Chris Jordan secured a £320k offer from Kings XI Punjab. But it was the Australians who attracted the highest bids with Glenn Maxwell sold to Kings XI for £1.15m, only to be topped by Pat Cummins, who went to KKR for £1.6m.

Sam Curran
Image: Sam Curran will be back at the IPL after impressing in his debut season

The third million-pound player was more of a surprise with South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris pocketing £1.1m as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat a number of sides to his signature.

RCB also recruited Australia white-ball skipper Aaron Finch, paying £470k for the experienced opener and later went big to secure all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for £510k before adding Dale Steyn for £210k in the final round of bidding. Another Aussie opener, Chris Lynn, was first under the hammer and went to Mumbai Indians for a cut-price £210k.

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West Indies duo Sheldon Cottrell and Shimron Hetmyer were highly sought-after, the left-arm fast bowler ended up at Kings XI for £910k with Hetmyer heading to Delhi Capitals, where he will team up with Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey (£255k), for £800k.

Sheldon Cottrell, West Indies, Cricket World Cup vs New Zealand at Old Trafford
Image: Kings XI fans will hope to see plenty of saluting from Sheldon Cottrell in the IPL

Australia quick Nathan Coulter-Nile went to Mumbai Indians for £855k but England fast bowlers Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett were unsold.

Rajasthan added 34-year-old batsman Robin Uthappa and seamer Jaydev Unadkat, each secured for £320k, to their ranks. The Royals also grabbed South Africa left-hander David Miller for a bargain £80k and Aussie seamer Andrew Tye for £110k.

Chennai splashed out £720k on leg-spinner Piyush Chawla while Sunrisers Hyderabad paid £210k for all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. Cheteshwar Pujara, Colin de Grandhomme and Jason Holder were among those to go unsold.

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