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Damien Martyn dropped from Royals squad

Retired Australian international batsman Damien Martyn has been dropped from the Rajasthan Royals Indian Premier League squad.

With all rounder Shane Watson joining the team next week the Royals decided to trim their squad and the Aussie was excluded from the revised 19-man squad. Martyn, 38, only played once in this year’s tournament scoring 19 runs against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Martyn announced the desico9n the drop him via his blog. "By the time you read this I'll be heading home. The Rajasthan Royals squad has been trimmed to 19 players and it looks like all rounder Shane Watson might join us next week," he said.

"That's the nature of professional cricket and I knew from the start what my role in the squad was and how this might happen," he added.

"I enjoyed my IPL debut last week and even though it wasn't the best result (19 off 24 balls) it's ironic that ever I was to play it had to be against the best bowler in the world. Dale Steyn, bowling 155kmph."

"I have enjoyed my time as a player but going forward I'm looking forward to new roles around the group, like all past players, getting my notebook out, sitting in the dugout and scribbling away."

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