Five Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers are on the list of proposed CA national contracts released by Cricket Australia today.
CA 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 also being able to commence their own list discussions. 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 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 male contracts, 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
Jackson Bird TAS
Hilton Cartwright WA
Pat Cummins NSW
Aaron Finch VIC
Peter Handscomb VIC
Josh Hazlewood NSW
Travis Head SA
Usman Khawaja QLD
Nathan Lyon NSW
Mitchell Marsh WA
Glenn Maxwell VIC
James Pattinson VIC
Matthew Renshaw QLD
Steve Smith NSW
Billy Stanlake QLD
Mitchell Starc NSW
Matthew Wade VIC
David Warner NSW
Adam Zampa SA
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.”