Head strikes it rich at IPL auction after rival franchises enter bidding war but no takers for Smith


Travis Head has been rewarded for his match-winning efforts in India at the World Cup by going for a seven-figure sum to Sunrisers Hyderabad at the IPL auction on Tuesday night.

The flamboyant Australian left-hander went for $1.2 million after SRH and Chennai Super Kings entered into a bidding war, driving up his price to more than triple his base price entering the auction.

It’s been a remarkable year for Head, who was recently appointed a vice-captain in the Australian Test team.

Head helped power Australia to the 50-over World Cup title in India, smashing a classic 137 in Sunday’s final to propel Australia to their sixth ODI World Cup crown.

The South Australian missed the first half of the tournament with a fractured hand but exploded with a century in his first game against New Zealand.

In Head’s six matches, he scored 329 runs at 54.83, standing up when it mattered most to be named player of the match in Australia’s semi-final and final victories.

Australian teammate Steve Smith was also in the first set of players up for bids at the auction, with a base price of around $350,000, but there were no takers for his services.

England rising star Harry Brook was scooped up by the Deccan Chargers for $700,000 after they outbid Rajasthan Royals.

The second set of players in the auction include Pat Cummins, Rachin Ravindra, Gerald Coetzee, Wanindu Hasaranga, Daryl Mitchell, Shardul Thakur, and Chris Woakes.

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