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England pair rule out a move to the IPL

England all rounder Stuart Broad and fast bowler James Anderson have both turned down the chance to play in the IPL despite attracting lucrative offers from a number of IPL franchises.

Broad has decided to once again skip the IPL in order to prepare for England's test series against Pakistan and Bangladesh next summer, it mirrors a move he made last year in order to be fully fit for this summers Ashes series.

"Whilst the chance to play in the IPL is potentially a great opportunity, my number one priority is, and always will be, to represent my country" said Broad in a statement.

"The IPL is a tournament I would like to play in at some stage in the future but my international career is my sole focus at this stage in my career, so I have decided I will not be competing in next year's IPL."

Anderson is following Broad's lead to take time out from the game instead of playing in India. It's a move which will please England coach Andy Flower who had been concerned for Anderson fitness after picking up a mystery knee injury during the current tour of South Africa.

It's a story which is all to familiar to Flower who had to sit by and watch all rounder Andrew Flintoff go off to last years IPL and see him pick up a knee injury which ultimately made the 32 year old retire from test cricket during the summer.

"I am proud to be playing cricket for England and my international career is more important than anything, which is why I have decided not to compete in the IPL in 2010" said Anderson.

"Taking on Australia next winter is going to be a huge challenge and one that I am fully committed to. I want to be an integral part of the first England cricket team to retain the Ashes since 1972, and I will be giving myself the best possible chance of achieving that by not playing in the IPL."

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