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Symonds, Lee set to play for IPL after national duty

cricket Updated: May 07, 2009 20:57 IST

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Five top Australian players are set to spice up the Indian Premier League in South Africa after finishing their national duty with controversial all-rounder Andrew Symonds expected to play his first match for Deccan Chargers on Saturday.

Cricket Australia has given the green signal to the players for the IPL second season and Symonds is expected to play against Kings XI Punjab at Kimberley on Saturday.

Symonds' four teammates, Brett Lee and James Hopes (Kings XI Punjab), Nathan Bracken (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and David Hussey (Kolkata Knight Riders) are also flying down to South Africa after Australia's Twenty20 match against Pakistan in Dubai on Friday.

Australian team physiotherapist, Alex Kountouris, said he was not aware of any players carrying injuries that would prevent them from playing the final fortnight of the IPL.

"At this stage, I understand they're all okay. I don't know of anyone of IPL contracted players who is not planning to go," Kountouris was quoted as saying in 'Cricinfo'.

Symonds' agent Matt Fearon said the all-rounder, bought for $1.35 million, is itching to play in South Africa.

"He has obviously missed a lot of cricket and he's keen to get out there and play as much as he can. He has loved being back around and performing with the Australian team, and he is looking forward to getting over to South Africa to join the boys at Deccan," Fearon said.