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Royals have upper hand in IPL auction

With $2.05 million of unspent money in their pocket, the Jaipur franchise will have the upper hand in the second phase of Indian Premier League auctions to be held on Tuesday.

The Rajasthan Royals will be eyeing to buy the best of the 18 players, including Australians Shane Watson and James Hopes, who would be up for grabs in the auction. Besides, 16 Under-19 players will be decided by draft pick.

The Royals appear confident in their approach as far as Tuesday's auction is concerned and presence of Shane Warne, who is the captain-cum-coach of the side, indicates that the Jaipur outfit would try for the spin wizard's Hampshire team-mate Watson.

But Aussie cricket Brad Hodge may not feature in the auction even though his name appears on the list because his county side Lancashire expect him to play for them from next month.

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