Aussies put country before IPL cash

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Country comes before cash for Australia's elite cricketers with international commitments and the battle for the Ashes pushing the glitzy Indian Premier League into the background.
Seven IPL-contracted stars, including crowd-pleasers, Brett Lee, 2008 IPL player of the tournament Shane Watson and Andrew Symonds, will be playing for Australia in the one-day series against Pakistan, starting in Dubai next week.

Australia's captain Ricky Ponting and senior batsman Mike Hussey also won't be backing up for a second IPL season in an effort to freshen up after an arduous season ahead of the Ashes series in England later this year.

Pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson and team vice-captain Michael Clarke did not nominate for the 2009 IPL auction, instead placing a priority on their international commitments.

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