Usman Khawaja among biggest gainers as Cricket Australia rolls out central contract list

AFP, Apr, 01 2016

Sydney: Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges and Joe Burns were among seven new players to be handed central contracts on Friday as Australia rebuild after a series of retirements.

The new players were not on the initial list for the 2016/2017 season announced a year ago but they have since forced their way into the selectors' plans.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, John Hastings, Peter Nevill and Peter Siddle have also been added to the 20-man list as Australia looks ahead to the home Ashes series starting in late 2017.

Usman Khawaja ended up being the highest run-getter for Australia in the ICC World T20 2016. Getty Images

Usman Khawaja ended up being the highest run-getter for Australia in the ICC World T20 2016. Getty Images

"There is a lot of talent within this group and we have confidence that the players chosen can be successful in all three forms of the game," chief selector Rodney Marsh said in a statement.

"Following a number of high-profile retirements, we believe this group of players gives us a healthy blend of youth and experience to represent Australia at the highest level."

Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Chris Rogers and Shane Watson all called it quits for Australia last year.

Australian media said batsman Khawaja was expected to pocket more Aus$1 million ($770,000) from his new contract after his sparkling form in all three formats.

Burns is reaping the benefits of his ascension to Test opener, replacing the retired Rogers, which included his Man-of-the-Match 170 against New Zealand in Christchurch in February.

Voges, 36, has also been in the runs, making 239 in Wellington as his Test average temporarily climbed above the great Don Bradman's 99.94.

The minimum value of a Cricket Australia contract for the 2016-17 season is Aus$270,000 while any player awarded an upgrade contract will earn at least Aus$230,000 ($176,000), CA said.

CA's contracted players 2016-17: George Bailey, Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Adam Voges, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner.

Published Date: Apr 01, 2016 | Updated Date: Apr 01, 2016



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