Cricket Australia (CA) has on Monday confirmed it proposes to offer 33 national contracts to Australian cricketers for the 2017-18 season. An initial total of 20 men’s and 13 women’s contracts will form the Australian lists for the coming season, with state cricket associations being able to commence their list discussions. The total amount of contracted women, including state players, will increase from 98 players the past season to an expected 111 this coming season. Players have gained selection for the lists on the basis of their performances over the past 12 months, with several new faces being proposed to enter the national set-up.
The offers of contract, which are intended to begin on 1 July 2017, have been received by the following players:
|CA Female Contract Offers for 2017-18||CA Male Contract Offers for 2017-18|
|Kristen Beams||VIC||32||Ashton Agar||WA||23|
|Alex Blackwell||NSW||33||Jackson Bird||TAS||30|
|Nicole Bolton||WA||28||Hilton Cartwright||WA||25|
|Lauren Cheatle||NSW||18||Pat Cummins||NSW||23|
|Rachael Haynes||NSW||30||Aaron Finch||VIC||30|
|Alyssa Healy||NSW||27||Peter Handscomb||VIC||25|
|Jess Jonassen||QLD||24||Josh Hazlewood||NSW||26|
|Meg Lanning||VIC||25||Travis Head||SA||23|
|Beth Mooney||QLD||23||Usman Khawaja||QLD||30|
|Ellyse Perry||NSW||26||Nathan Lyon||NSW||29|
|Megan Schutt||SA||24||Mitchell Marsh||WA||25|
|Elyse Villani||WA||27||Glenn Maxwell||VIC||28|
|Amanda-Jade Wellington||SA||19||James Pattinson||VIC||26|
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.’’
New South Wales’ Rachael Haynes returns to the fold for the first time since 2013-14 and emerging South Australian leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington is set to receive her first contract. “We’re really pleased with the calibre of players knocking on the door, with several having already made their international debuts last summer, and believe that these players have the ability and drive to continue their dominance as the best team in the world,’’ Mr Flegler said.
“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.”
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.”
West Australian batting all-rounder Hilton Cartwright and spinning all-rounder Ashton Agar have been named on the contract list for the first time. “Hilton has thoroughly earned his spot in the list this year. He was the second highest runs scorer in the Sheffield Shield last season and, when given his opportunity with the Test side last summer, he impressed.”
“He is an exciting prospect for Australian cricket and we look forward to seeing him perform for Australia in the coming 12 months, if given his opportunity. Ashton is a talented young player who we consider offers a fantastic package with his batting, bowling and fielding, and someone who is capable of playing all forms of the game.”
Queensland fast bowler Billy Stanlake also makes his way onto the list this season. “Billy has picked up the last spot on the contract list for the coming season. We see him as a player of immense talent and a great option for Australia in the future. We want to be able to monitor his progress in the coming 12 months, not dissimilar to what we have done with Pat Cummins in the past.”
Under the ground breaking remuneration and benefits proposal made by Cricket Australia to the ACA in March, it is proposed that women players not selected in the initial group may, for the first time, receive an upgraded CA contract should they gain national selection during the year. To receive an upgraded contract, players are required to earn 12 upgrade points, which are awarded on the following basis: four points per Test appearance, two for an ODI and two for each T20 International.
State men players are also eligible to receive an upgraded contract, with players also required to earn 12 upgrade points on the following basis: five points for Test, two for an ODI and one point for a T20I. Following the national contract offers, State and Territory Cricket Associations will now commence non-binding discussions, which will include communication of their intention to offer contracts to cricketers throughout Australia. These discussions will be finalised once a new MOU between CA and the ACA is in place. The new MOU is scheduled to be in place by 1 July.