While Australia's domestic summer is likely to get underway next month, there will be plenty of Australian players at the IPL in the UAE over the next seven weeks after the tournament was rescheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Here's who is going where and how likely they are to get into the team.
Note: Exchange rates are approximate as of early September; The need for Australian players coming from the UK to quarantine on arrival may impact their initial availability.
Carey has become Australia's first choice limited-overs wicketkeeper over the last couple of years and until recently was a joint vice-captain before losing that title for the tour of England. He has floated up and down the order with Australia trying him as an opener and a finisher, with the latter role where he has settled for now, although he was dropped for the most recent T20I against England. In the BBL his success has come as an opener or at No. 4
A little over a year ago, Coulter-Nile featured in Australia's ODI World Cup squad and had a CA central contract. He is now out of the national set-up and during this off-season dropped off the CA list and also lost his state deal with Western Australia although he remains part of the Melbourne Stars in the BBL. He has a lengthy association with the IPL, having had three franchises dating back to 2013.
How likely to make starting XI? Could be competing with fellow overseas pacemen James Pattinson and Mitchell McClenaghan for the third pace-bowling slot, although Coulter-Nile brings the most batting ability of those three.
One of the biggest stars in the game, Cummins became the most expensive overseas player in the IPL at the auction last December. He has been at the peak of his powers over the last two seasons for Australia and after not playing T20I for two years he is now an integral part of that side. Cummins made his first IPL appearance in 2014 and was due to play for Mumbai Indians in 2018 before injury ruled him out
Australia's limited-overs captain is not far off having done a full circuit of IPL franchises with this year's RCB deal his eighth team in the competition. After a dip in form for Australia that briefly threatened his standing leading into last year's World Cup he is back as a consistent run-scorer in ODIs and T20s. His most successful season in the IPL came in 2013 with the Pune Warriors when he scored 456 runs. Missed last year's tournament to prepare for the World Cup.
Price tag INR 4.4 crore (approx A$820,000)
IPL history Rajasthan Royals (2010); Delhi Daredevils (2011, 2012); Pune Warriors (2013); Sunrisers Hyderabad (2014); Mumbai Indians (2015); Gujarat Lions (2016, 2017); Kings XI Punjab (2018)
The offspinner, who has become a T20 specialist, was handed his first IPL deal at last year's auction. His 2019-2020 Australian season was curtailed when his action was reported and he was suspended from bowling, but he passed reassessment earlier this year and has just finished captaining Guyana Amazon Warriors at the CPL where his thrifty bowling made an impression with the new ball.
Known for his outstanding Test record, Hazlewood is also an excellent performer with the white ball although his T20 appearances have been limited in recent seasons. He came back into the Sydney Sixers side last year and helped them to the Big Bash title and recently played his first T20I in four years against England. Was part of the Mumbai Indians set-up in 2014 but did not play and then withdraw from his deal the following year to manage his workload.
Price tag INR 2 crore (approx A$370,000)
IPL history Mumbai Indians (2014, 2015 - did not play)
How likely to make starting XI? CSK have two overseas openers (Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis) plus Dwayne Bravo in the middle order and Mitchell Santner and Imran Tahir among their spin options, so Hazlewood is likely to have to bide his time.
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Lynn, one of the biggest hitters in the game, has had IPL deals since 2011 although some seasons have been interrupted by injury and between 2012 and 2016 he only played five matches. After being a regular for KKR in the 2018 and 2019 tournaments he was released and found a new home with Mumbai Indians. After being in and out of the Australia set-up his international prospects have faded and he no longer holds a state contract but remains a key part of the Brisbane Heat in the BBL.
How likely to make starting XI? The strength of Mumbai's overseas options, which include Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard and Trent Boult, plus the fact that Rohit Sharma opens, is set to leave Lynn on the bench.
Marsh earned his first IPL deal with Deccan Chargers in 2010 on the back of a successful Under-19 World Cup and the following season was signed by Pune Warriors, coached by his father Geoff. His three-year spell with them was interrupted by a back injury that ruled him out of the 2012 season. His latest deal with Sunrisers Hyderabad is his first since 2016 and comes at a time when he is starting to re-establish himself in the Australia side.
Price tag INR 2 crore (approx A$370,000)
IPL history Deccan Chargers (2010), Pune Warriors (2011-2013); Rising Pune Supergiant (2016)
How likely to make starting XI? It's difficult to see how Marsh forces his way in with the overseas quartet of captain David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan when all are available.
One of the biggest names in T20 cricket, Maxwell secured a huge contract with Kings XI to return to the IPL having opted out of the 2019 edition to play county cricket. It marks a return to the franchise where he previously spent four seasons, having first been picked up by the IPL before playing for Australia. His overall batting average is a touch underwhelming but his strike rate is impressive.
Price tag INR 10.75 crore (approx A$2,000,000)
IPL history Delhi Daredevils (2012, 2018), Mumbai Indians (2013), Kings XI Punjab (2014-2017, 2020)
Signed by Mumbai Indians after Lasith Malinga's withdrawal, Pattinson is a bowler capable of express pace having returned from significant back surgery. He was previously on the books of KKR for three seasons but did not play a match and was ruled out of the 2013 tournament with injury.
Price tag Unknown (replacement player)
IPL history Kolkata Knight Riders (2011-2013 - did not play)
One of the rising stars of Australian cricket, Philippe is an aggressive top-order batsman and wicketkeeper. He starred in the BBL final for the Sydney Sixers last season and the recent tour of England was his first time in the national squad.
Sams, a left-arm seamer, is something of a late developer in Australian cricket following two breakthrough seasons for the Sydney Thunder and was the leading wicket-taker in the 2019-2020 BBL. He is also a capable striker of the ball although had a horror run with the bat last season. He was handed a late IPL deal when Jason Roy withdrew.
Price tag Unknown (replacement player for Jason Roy)
How likely to make starting XI? Depending on how the Capitals balance their team, Sams could be competing with the West Indian Keemo Paul for the pace-bowling allrounder position, which could be a test of how his batting has recovered from last season.
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A tall pace bowler capable of pushing the speedgun towards 150kph, Stanlake is looking to resurrect his T20 career after a difficult couple of seasons. He was part of Australia's T20 side last year but has since drifted down the pecking order and recently moved from the Adelaide Strikers to the Brisbane Heat in the BBL. He has previous IPL experience across two deals but has only played a handful of games.
Price tag INR 50 lakh (approx A$93,000)
IPL history Royal Challengers Bangalore (2017); Sunrisers Hyderabad (2018, 2020)
Stoinis joins the Capitals, his fourth IPL team, on the back of a record-breaking BBL where he scored 705 runs for the Melbourne Stars. That followed a disappointing ODI World Cup which saw him lose his Australia place but he returned to the side on the recent England tour. His career-best T20 bowling figures of 4 for 15 came in the IPL, for Kings XI back in 2016.
Price tag INR 4.8 crore (approx A$900,000)
IPL history Delhi Daredevils (2015); Kings XI Punjab (2016-2018), Royal Challengers Bangalore (2019)
Tye, a pace bowler known for having a bag of tricks including a hugely deceptive knuckle ball, did not play during his first IPL deal with CSK. However, he made a name for himself on debut for the Gujarat Lions in 2017 when he claimed 5 for 17 - which remain his career-best figures - including a hat-trick. The following season, having moved to Kings XI, he was their leading wicket-taker with 24. He missed the entire 2019-2020 BBL having suffered an elbow injury.
Price tag INR 1 crore (approx A$190,000)
IPL history Chennai Super Kings (2015-16); Gujarat Lions (2017); Kings XI Punjab (2018-19), Rajasthan Royals (2020)
How likely to make starting XI? Despite an impressive IPL record it will be a challenge to take one of the four overseas spots in a starting XI with Jos Buttler, Steven Smith and Ben Stokes in a first-choice top order - although the availability of the latter is still in doubt - and Jofra Archer in the attack.
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One of the most prolific batsmen in IPL history, Warner is the leading run scorer among overseas batsman with only Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli ahead of him. He has the most 50-plus scores in the tournament with 48 which includes four centuries. Like Smith he missed the 2018 tournament due to the ball-tampering episode but returned in 2019 to average 69.20 in 12 matches, which followed averages of 58.27 in 2017 and 60.57 in 2016. Will captain SRH.
Price tag INR 12.5 crore (approx A$2,300,000)
IPL history Delhi Daredevils (2009-2013); Sunrisers Hyderabad (2014-2020)
Watson is an IPL original having played the inaugural season in 2008 and has only missed one campaign, in 2009, because of Australia duty and injury. In 2013 he was named Player of the Tournament for a return of 543 runs and 13 wickets then in 2014 became the most expensive overseas player in the league. In last year's final he struck 80 off 59 balls with an injury but fell in the last over as the Super Kings lost by one run. Watson no longer plays professionally in Australian cricket.
Price tag INR 4 crore (approx A$740,000)
IPL history Rajasthan Royals (2008-2015); Royal Challengers Bangalore (2016-17); Chennai Super Kings (2018-2020)
A late call-up to replace Australian team-mate Kane Richardson, Zampa returns to a tournament where he holds the third-best bowling figures of 6 for 19 which he claimed in his second outing for Supergiant in 2016 - although his team still lost the match. The following season Supergiant made the final where Zampa took 2 for 32 but Mumbai Indians won a low-scoring thriller by one run.
Price tag Unknown (replacement player for Kane Richardson)