Two strong Big Bash League seasons back-to-back has been enough to net Hobart Hurricanes more than $1.5 million at the IPL auction.
The two-day event kicked off with marquee players, which saw Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Marsh and David Warner all signed for north of $1 million by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for Hazlewood, Kolkata Knight Riders for Cummins and Delhi Capitals for Marsh and Warner.
The other Australians in the marquee list were Steve Smith, Matthew Wade and Adam Zampa.
Zampa's non-signing was particularly surprising given his form at the T20 World Cup late last year, taking 13 wickets at 12.07 and an economy rate of just 5.81, which left him the second-highest wicket-taker of the tournament. It's form he has continued into the ongoing series against Sri Lanka.
Regardless, it was David who stole the show. The Hurricanes all-rounder scored 218 runs with a strike rate of 163 during the most recent BBL campaign, which followed 279 runs at a strike rate of 153 the season before.
He was eventually snagged for $1.53 million by the Mumbai Indians.
He became the only non-Australian marquee player to go for north of $500,000, with plenty of Aussies left unsold. While Matthew Wade was sold during the second round, Smith and Zampa were left unsold alongside Aaron Finch, Kane Richardson, Ben Cutting, Marnus Labuschagne, Andrew Tye, Ben McDermott, Ben Dwarshuis and Hayden Kerr, while Ashton Agar, Chris Lynn, Usman Khawaja, Moises Henriques, James Faulkner, D'Arcy Short, Josh Philippe, Billy Stanlake, Kurtis Patterson, Wes Agar, Jack Wildermuth, Joel Paris, Hilton Cartwright, Chris Green, Matt Kelly, Tanveer Sangha, Alex Ross, Jack Weatherald, Nathan McAndrew, Tom Rogers, Liam Guthrie, Liam Hatcher, Jason Sangha, Matt Short and Aidan Cahill never had their names called.
Of the other signed players, Daniel Sams commanded the most money at $484,000 to the Mumbai Indians, while Sean Abbott and Matthew Wade both went for north of $400,000.
Nathan Coulter-Nile attracted $372,000 from the Rajasthan Royals, while Riley Meredith, Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Ellis all went for more than $100,000.
The signed players will join Glenn Maxwell (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Marcus Stoinis (Lucknow) who were signed during the original retention period and not forced to go to auction.
List of Australians to play in the IPL
Glenn Maxwell (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Marcus Stoinis (Lucknow)
Tim David (Mumbai Indians) - $1.53 million
Josh Hazlewood (Royal Challengers Bangalore) - $1.44 million
Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders (Kolkata Knight Riders) - $1.35 million
Mitchell Marsh (Delhi Capitals) - $1.2 million
David Warner (Delhi Capitals) - $1.16 million
Daniel Sams (Mumbai Indians) - $484,000
Sean Abbott (Sunrisers Hyderabad) - $446,000
Matthew Wade (Gujurat Titans) - $446,000
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Rajasthan Royals) - $372,000
Riley Meredith (Mumbai Indians) - $186,000
Jason Behrendorff (Royal Challengers Bangalore) - $139,000
Nathan Ellis (Punjab Kings) - $139,000
All prices AUD