Australia’s proposed central contract list for next season has again been dominated by NSW players.
In all NSW makes up five of the 13 women and six of the 20 men who have been offered contracts.
The men, Australian captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins, have all been previously contracted.
Another three NSW products who moved interstate, Usman Khawaja, Jackson Bird and Adam Zampa, have also been offered contracts.
There is a broad mix of NSW women again headlined by Lendlease Breakers captain Alex Blackwell and vice-captain Ellyse Perry. Wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy and exciting young left arm swing bowler Lauren Cheatle have also been included while Rachael Haynes has regained her Southern Stars contract.
The total amount of contracted women, including state players, will increase from 98 last season to an expected 111 this coming season.
Players have gained selection on the basis of their performances over the past 12 months.
The offers of contract, which are intended to begin on 1 July 2017, have been received by the following players:
CA Male Contract Offers for 2017-18
Ashton Agar WA 23
Jackson Bird TAS 30
Hilton Cartwright WA 25
Pat Cummins NSW 23
Aaron Finch VIC 30
Peter Handscomb VIC 25
Josh Hazlewood NSW 26
Travis Head SA 23
Usman Khawaja QLD 30
Nathan Lyon NSW 29
Mitchell Marsh WA 25
Glenn Maxwell VIC 28
James Pattinson VIC 26
Matthew Renshaw QLD 21
Steve Smith NSW 27
Billy Stanlake QLD 22
Mitchell Starc NSW 27
Matthew Wade VIC 29
David Warner NSW 30
Adam Zampa SA 25
CA Female Contract Offers for 2017-18
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Kristen Beams VIC 32
Alex Blackwell NSW 33
Nicole Bolton WA 28
Lauren Cheatle NSW 18
Rachael Haynes NSW 30
Alyssa Healy NSW 27
Jess Jonassen QLD 24
Meg Lanning VIC 25
Beth Mooney QLD 23
Ellyse Perry NSW 26
Megan Schutt SA 24
Elyse Villani WA 27
Amanda-Jade Wellington SA 19
Commenting on the men’s offers, National Selector Trevor Hohns said:
“We have selected 20 players for this year’s contract list with a focus on players who we believe could play a part in an exciting 12 months of cricket, which includes the Ashes and an important away Test Series against South Africa.
“Consideration has also been given to some players who we believe could potentially play in all three formats for Australia.”
Commenting on the women’s offers, National Selector Shawn Flegler said:
“The Australian women’s team has an incredibly exciting yet challenging 12 months ahead of them, with an imminent 50-over World Cup followed by an historic Ashes series beginning in October.
“Having claimed more World Cup titles than any other country and won every major trophy, this side now has the chance to stake their claim as one of the most successful teams in Australian sporting history. That will continue to make cricket the sport of choice for women and girls all over the country.”
Contracts will be finalised once a new MOU between CA and the ACA is agreed. The new MOU is scheduled to be in place by 1 July.
Further details regarding CA’s remuneration and benefits proposal to the ACA are available here: http://bit.ly/2pbtVJH