England’s terrible World Cup campaign over the autumn meant the squad saw their stock fall alarmingly in the Indian Premier League auction this week, with Keighley-born Harry Brook going for a fraction of the price he was sold for last year.

The Yorkshire batsman, who grew up in Burley-in-Wharfedale, had been released after one season of a £1.3m deal with Sunrisers Hyderbabad, so had to settle for a healthy but much-reduced payday this time around, being snapped up for around £380,000 by Delhi Capitals.

He hit one superb century in his first IPL campaign, but was otherwise badly short of runs with just 190 in 11 matches.

Experienced bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes was the biggest winner of all the England players, earning a fraction under £400,000 as he joined international team-mates Sam Curran and Liam Livingstone at Punjab Kings.

Former Yorkshire captain David Willey, who retired from England duty at the end of the World Cup, collected £189,000 from Lucknow Super Giants, while Surrey paceman Gus Atkinson was among the last signings to be completed in a £95,000 deal with Knight Riders.

Royal Challengers Bangalore took Tom Curran for £141,000 and Rajasthan paid the reserve of £40,000 for Somerset's uncapped wicketkeeper-batter Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who like Willey, also played for Yorkshire recently.

Elsewhere there was disappointment for English talent, with opener Phil Salt, Bradford-born spinner Adil Rashid and left-armer Tymal Mills among those left unsold.

Teenage leggie Rehan Ahmed was a late withdrawal from the auction, with the England and Wales Cricket Board keeping an eye on the workload of a player who looks set to play a big role for them across all three formats and who signed his first central contract a matter of weeks ago.

International considerations already saw Test captain Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jofra Archer step away from a competition that is expected to run for two months from the end of March.

Bradford native Jonny Bairstow was retained by his franchise, as were his England team-mates Curran, Livingstone, Jos Buttler, Reece Topley, Will Jacks, Moeen Ali, Jason Roy and Mark Wood.

If the England players were not overly in favour with the IPL franchises, their Ashes rivals most certainly were.

Australia fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins became the most expensive players ever sold at the auction, smashing the record held by England all-rounder Curran.

Starc has not played in the IPL since 2015 and the left-arm quick's return to the fray drew a bidding war that ended in an unprecedented bid of £2.34million (24.75 crore rupees) from Kolkata Knight Riders.

Cummins had earlier been picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for just under £2million (20.5 crore), with both fees comfortably eclipsing the previous high of £1.77m Punjab Kings paid for Curran last year.

Starc and Cummins had both signed up with a base price of less than £200,000.

As well as Cummins, Sunrisers also splurged on another Australian, Travis Head.

He capped a stellar year with a match-winning 137 in the World Cup final in Ahmedabad and cost around £645,000 as he returned to the tournament for the first time since 2017.