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Hussey up for IPL challenge

David Hussey insists the chance to play top level international cricket is more of an incentive than the huge wads of cash being thrown at players in the Indian Premier League.

The Victorian top order batsman, fresh from a whirlwind Ford Ranger Cup century against NSW, was waiting to learn his fate in the IPL auction on Wednesday night after being told several leading players had already scored lucrative deals.

Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds topped the list with a stunning $1.47 million bid from the Hyderabad franchise.

But Hussey, yet to play one-day or Test cricket for Australia, is more excited about playing against some of the game's finest.

"We all are professional cricketers so we are trying to making a living, but to me it's more about the opportunity to play against the best players in the world in a Twenty20 competition in different conditions," he said of the IPL.

"Hopefully it will improve my game so I can play international cricket."

NSW skipper Simon Katich is also part of the IPL bidding process and is excited about the prospect of joining one of the Indian franchises.

"It would be a great opportunity if it came up," he said.

"Given that India is involved it doesn't surprise you (how big this is). The game is so popular over there."

"I will be very surprised if it doesn't go well. Given the amount of money that has been invested the owners will want it run well."

Neither Hussey or Katich were surprised Symonds attracted the big money among the Australian contingent.

"There are some phenomenal players floating around - Andrew Symonds, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne - and they deserve what they can get," Hussey said.

"(Symonds) is an unbelievable player - match-winner, all-rounder; he can do it all."

"Whichever franchise bid for him and got him has a bonus."

Katich added: "He's a great one-day player so it doesn't surprise me they bid highly for him."

Hussey's asking price would have gone up considerably after his sensational knock against the hapless Blues at the SCG.

The younger brother of Australian star Mike smashed eight sixes and nine fours in his frenetic 113.

It was the second fastest century in interstate limited overs history.

"I get a lot of confidence batting with Brad Hodge. He's such a classy stroke-maker," Hussey said.

"It was a lot of fun."

The Bushrangers will meet Tasmania in the Ford Ranger Cup final on Saturday.

The Blues' dismal one-day campaign was over in the early stages, with Katich admitting the side has a lot of work to do in the short version of the game.

source - sportal.com.au
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