Kevin Pietersen a $1.7m man at IPL auction

ON THE OUTER: Kevin Pietersen was dumped from the English cricket team.
ON THE OUTER: Kevin Pietersen was dumped from the English cricket team.

Kevin Pietersen has 1.7 million reasons to feel better about the end of his international career after Delhi Daredevils nabbed him at the IPL auction, while Australians David Warner and Mitchell Johnson are both million-dollar men.

Pietersen, axed by the England and Wales Cricket Board last week because team management could no longer put up with his destabilising behaviour following the Ashes debacle, was the big ticket item when the auction got underway on Wednesday.

He was initially sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 900 lakh rupees (about $NZ1.73 million) but his previous franchise Delhi used its right to match the bid and steal the former England superstar.

It was some consolation to Hyderabad that they were able to grab Australia's audacious opening batsman Warner for about $1.1 million while Ashes hero Mitchell Johnson went to the Punjab Kings XI for $1.2 million.

The Age