Cricket Australia reveals national contract lists for 2020-21
National selectors of Cricket Australia on Thursday (April 30) announced 20 men and 15 women who will be in the national contract list for the next 12 months, Some big changes as Cricket Australia announces the 35 players to receive national contracts for the year ahead. Australian men’s and women’s cricketer are paid from a percentage pool of cricket’s projected revenue for the next financial year, but that amount is currently unknown due to the uncertainty created by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It means cricket men’s and women’s players who in the 2020-21 contract list will be notified of what percentage of revenue they will take home, instead of being told of a fixed amount.
Left-hander test opener Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis have left out from the Cricket Australia contract list. Alongside Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, Ashton Turner, and the retired Peter Siddle, Stoinis and Khawaja were missing from the contract when the list was announced on Thursday, have all missed out having been part of the initial list last year. Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Burns are among six new faces on Cricket Australia’s list of contracted men’s players for the 2020-21 season.
Labuschagne and Burns have been added along with Ashton Agar, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson, and Matthew Wade, players who all missed out on from the initial list last year but features in this year contract.
Men’s national selector Trevor Hohns said
As Mitch Marsh and Matthew Wade have proven, there are always plenty of opportunities for those who have missed out to be re-selected by performing consistently at the domestic level; and importantly to make the most of any opportunity that comes their way at the international level. As is always the case there are unlucky omissions but, however, because you are not on the list does not mean you cannot be selected to represent Australia.
Men’s contracts 2020-21: Tim Paine, Ashton Agar, Joe Burns, Steven Smith, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
CA women’s contract 2020-21: Nicola Carey, Megan Schutt, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Ellyse Perry, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
McGrath and young guns Tayla Vlaeminck and Annabel Sutherland are the new faces on the women’s contract list, while Nicole Bolton, Elyse Villani, and Erin Burns (left out from this year contract.
Women’s national selector Shawn Flegler said
The addition of fast-bowling allrounder McGrath will help cover long-term injuries suffered by fellow quicks Ellyse Perry and Vlaeminck. McGrath has been a consistent performer over the last few seasons with bat and ball, including the five matches she played for Australia during the 2017 Ashes series. With Tayla and Ellyse Perry coming back from long-term injuries, Tahlia will add extra depth to our allrounders, especially with her bowling. We saw that depth come into play during the recent World Cup and we know that will be important with another World Cup scheduled this summer (the ODI tournament in New Zealand in early 2021)