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Aussies disappointed at missing out on IPL

Australian players Shane Watson, Nathan Bracken and James Hopes have expressed disappointment at missing the Indian Premier League after Cricket Australia ruled them medically unfit to play in the lucrative event.

The trio was hoping to join Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, respectively, from this week but following medical examinations under Australian team doctor Trefor James, CA advised them to rest ahead of a busy schedule.

"He was keen as mustard to play with Bangalore," Bracken's agent Rob Horton said.

"He was prepared to go and get the release from Cricket Australia, but he was not granted medical clearance so couldn't go. He's disappointed, but he can also see the bigger picture here.

"While he did have a knee injury last year, and it has since come good and not given him much trouble, there is also a heavy schedule coming up. He understands their reasoning. Apart from the dollars at stake, he had signed an IPL contract and wanted to fulfil it," Horton told 'Cricinfo'.

Hopes' agent Peter Rogers echoed similar sentiments on behalf of his client.

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