Australians and their IPL connect

23th April 2014

This year the seventh edition of IPL will see 24 of Australians battling it out in 7 teams. The break in Australia's Cricket schedule gave these players a chance to showcase their talent in one of the biggest Cricket Leagues.

Team Rajasthan Royals has the highest number (6) of Australians in their squad.

The Australian contingent: Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Steve Smith, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson, Brad Hodge.

The Rajasthan Royals are flush with Australian Twenty20 talent. They'll be joined by Aussies young and old in pursuit of their second IPL title.

James Faulkner has plenty of experience in tight Twenty20 matches.

The superstar: For the money the Royals are reportedly paying, it'd better be Watto. Watson was named player of the tournament in the IPL's debut season in 2008 and has been heavily sought after since. He also replaced Rahul Dravid as the Royals captain this season after Dravid decided to hang up his boots.

The X-Factor: Rajasthan have taken a punt by retaining Faulkner on huge dollars this season rather than allowing him to enter the player draft. His heroics for the Australian limited overs squad are well known. The Royals will be hoping he repeats the dose in the IPL.

The background: Shane Warne's aura of invincibility was greatly enhanced when he captained Rajasthan to the title in the IPL's debut season.

KXIP - The team with second highest number of Australians in the squad is Kings 11 Punjab.

The Australian contingent: George Bailey, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell

George Bailey will barely have time to recover from the Australia's unsuccessful World Twenty20 tilt as he leads out the Kings XI Punjab. Glenn Maxwell, Australia's only shining light in Bangladesh, will join him as well as Mitchell Johnson, who attracted the top salary of all Aussie players at this year's auction.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: With 3 Australians players in squad, SRH's coach & assistant coach are also Australians.

The Aussie contingent: Aaron Finch, Dave Warner, Moises Henriques, Tom Moody (coach), Simon Helmot (assistant)

The Sunrisers are bringing the boom to the top of the order. Australian openers Aaron Finch and Dave Warner will form a formidable combination for the Sunrisers. They'll be joined by compatriot Moises Henriques down the order and coaches Tom Moody and Simon Helmot.

Mumbai Indians - They have picked up 3 Australians, all of them at their best performance right now. one of them is proudly known as Mr. Cricket, while the other two have been the keys to victories at Big Bash League.

The Aussie contingent: Mike Hussey, Josh Hazlewood, Ben Dunk

The Indians clearly did their Big Bash homework ahead of the IPL draft, picking up BBL player of the tournament Dunk and bowling metronome Josh Hazlewood. Hussey was similarly impressive for the Sydney Thunder.

Chennai Super Kings - The Super Kings were scouring for bargains at the 2014 auction and they found them in the modestly priced Ben Hilfenhaus and John Hastings. Chennai have a long association with Aussie players, including Matt Hayden and Mike Hussey, who played important roles in their back-to-back titles in 2010-11.

The Aussie contingent: Ben Hilfenhaus, John Hastings, Andy Bichel (bowling coach), Steve Rixon (fielding coach).

Kolkata Knight Riders - KKR have picked up a couple of bargains in Chris Lynn and (injury permitting) young paceman Pat Cummins, while making a balanced squad in IPL 2014.

The Aussie contingent: Chris Lynn, Pat Cummins, Trevor Bayliss (coach).

Royal Challengers Bangalore - Last season Mitchell Starc ranked No. 2 on Australia's central contract list. Injuries and the rise of Mitchell Johnson have seen him slip back in Australia's pecking order in 2013-14. A strong showing at the IPL in 2014 would serve as a timely reminder to selectors ahead of this summer's series against India.

The Aussie contingent: Mitchell Starc, Nic Maddinson, Trent Woodhill (fielding coach).

Delhi Daredevils - Coulter-Nile is the only Aussie flying the flag for the Daredevils this season. However, he would play a key role of leading the bowling attack for his team DD.

The Aussie contingent: Nathan Coulter-Nile

With excerpts from:http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/cricket/check-out-our-full-preview-of-the-2014-indian-premier-league-and-the-australians-playing-in-it/story-fni2usfi-1226886551719

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