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More Aussies may follow Pontings lead

After Ricky Ponting decided to give the second edition of the Indian Premier League a miss, speculation is rife that many of the Aussie players may follow his lead.

Ponting, who plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders didn't quite set the first season of the IPL on fire, but as the Australian captain, he was among the star attractions at the tournament. But even the lure of making some easy money hasn't convinced Ponting to make the trip this time around.

"My country comes first and there was no way I could give my all for Australia if I used the only two-week break we have to go and play in India," said Ponting.

Now the big question is if other members of the Australian team would give the event a miss, following their captain's cue. Mike Hussey is a regular member of all three Aussie teams and the Chennai Super Kings will be wondering now if he will show up.

The Kings XI are counting on Shaun Marsh being available for a few weeks, especially as he is not a part of the Test squad. But Brett Lee is recovering from injury and may not be available at all.

"I wish Brett (Lee) a quick recovery," said Kings XI skipper.

With Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson having decided to stay away totally, its clear that the Aussie flavour at this year's IPL won't be quite as spicy.

What is certain though is that the Aussie presence won't be totally missing. After all the recently retired Matthew Hayden, Deccan Chargers standing captain Adam Gilchrist and of course last year's winning captain Shane Warne will bring some thunder from Down Under.

source - cricketnext.in.com
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