Mumbai buy Buttler in IPL auction

Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler has hit four centuries in ODIs, the slowest coming off 73 balls

England’s Jos Buttler has been bought for £385,000 by Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.

The wicketkeeper-batsman decided to put himself forward for the IPL, which runs from 9 April to 29 May, after losing his Test place to Jonny Bairstow.

Ex-England batsman Kevin Pietersen was the first player sold as Rising Pune Supergiants bought him for £350,000.

Shane Watson attracted the highest bid as Royal Challengers Bangalore paid more than £950,000 for the Australian.

England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan is under contract at Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Lancashire’s Buttler has scored back-to-back one-day international hundreds, the latest coming off 73 balls in the series opener against South Africa in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old is taking part in the second ODI in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

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