Universal Cameron Green received his first national contract, but the big names, including Matthew Wade and Travis Head, missed out as Cricket Australia announced the 17-member roster for the upcoming season on Friday.
The 21-year-old Green, who scored 236 runs at 33.71 during a four-game home game against India, was the only new name on the contract list, which was cut to 17 from 20 players in previous years.
Opener Joe Burns, however, universal Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis along with former test runner-up Head and wicketkeeper-batsman Wade failed to get a deal for the 2021-2022 season, which includes the T20 World Cup in India and the home series Ashes.
“We have a lot of confidence in the 17 players announced today as the Australian men’s team enters a tense year of high-quality cricket in all three formats …,” national coach Trevor Hons said in a statement.
Hohns cited two main reasons for the size of the list of contracts.
“First, we saw that the specialization of formats has become more widespread in recent seasons, which has led to a wider group of players representing Australia, often outside the original list of contracted players at the beginning of each year,” he said.
“Secondly, we want to create an environment in which players strive for national selection through permanent domestic performances and win national contracts through consistent international performances.”
Green had scored his first test against India and also amassed 922 runs at 76.83, including three centuries, at the Sheffield Shield March.
“Cameron is a player we believe will play an important role in Australian cricket after his impressive summer breakthrough,” Hons said.
“His 84 in the second inning against India in SCG demonstrated excellent technique and determination and we are confident that his bowling will have an impact on the international level.
“Its internal form has also been exceptional and we expect it to improve only with more international exposure.”
Hohns said those who missed out were still eligible for national selection and could be upgraded to a central deal during the year.
“But naming these 17 players, we believe we have a strong core group that covers all forms of the game for the 12 months ahead.
“The NSP continues to hold Joe Burns, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis in high esteem and expects that they, like many others in Australian cricket, will continue to pursue serious national selection cases next season.”
List of men’s cricket contracts Australia 2021-22:
Ashton Agar, Alex Carey,, Pat Cummins,, Aaron Finch, Cameron Green, Josh Hazloud, Marnus Labushan, Nathan Lyon,, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Payne, James Pattinson, Joy Richardson,, Kane Richardson,, Steve Smith, Mitchell Stark, David Warner, Adam Zampa.