Cricket Australia contracted players list for 2013-2014 announced

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    Cricket Australia has today advised the chosen 20 contracted players for 2013-2014 contract list.

    The National Selection Panel (NSP) is allowed to choose between 17-20 players.

    For the previous season, 17 players were chosen, with nine receiving an upgrade due to playing sufficient games.

    John Inverarity, Rod Marsh, Andy Bichel and Mickey Arthur were the NSP members who formulated the list – captain Michael Clarke was not part of the process.

    Of note, Jackson Bird was not included on the list, while David Hussey has lost his contract. Brad Haddin retains his place, despite Matthew Wade being the current preferred wicket-keeper.

    James Faulkner is perhaps the bolter, having played just 34 first class games at age 22, while 19 year old Pat Cummins has survived, despite playing minimal cricket through injury.

    In terms of state numbers, NSW (6) and Queensland (1) remain unchanged, while SA (2) has gained one, Tasmania (5) gaining two, despite Ricky Ponting retiring, Victoria (5) gaining one, while WA (1) has lost one with Michael Hussey retiring.

    Contracted players are paid by Cricket Australia, rather than states. States with more contracted players have more money to re-contract and recruit players at the domestic level.


    CA Contract List 2013-2014



    State Team

    Big Bash League Team

    George Bailey


    Tasmania Hobart Hurricanes
    Michael Clarke


    New South Wales Sydney Thunder
    Ed Cowan


    Tasmania Hobart Hurricanes
    Patrick Cummins


    New South Wales Perth Scorchers
    Xavier Doherty


    Tasmania Hobart Hurricanes
    James Faulkner


    Tasmania Melbourne Stars
    Brad Haddin


    New South Wales Sydney Sixers
    Ryan Harris


    Queensland Brisbane Heat
    Ben Hilfenhaus


    Tasmania Hobart Hurricanes
    Phillip Hughes


    South Australia Adelaide Strikers
    Mitchell Johnson


    Western Australia Brisbane Heat
    Nathan Lyon


    South Australia Adelaide Strikers
    Glenn Maxwell


    Victoria Melbourne Stars
    Clint McKay


    Victoria Melbourne Stars
    James Pattinson


    Victoria Melbourne Stars
    Peter Siddle


    Victoria N/A
    Mitchell Starc


    New South Wales Sydney Sixers
    Matthew Wade


    Victoria Melbourne Stars
    David Warner


    New South Wales Sydney Sixers
    Shane Watson


    New South Wales Brisbane Heat

    *Age is at 3 April 2013

    Speaking about the contract list, National Selector John Inverarity said: “The National Selection Panel has chosen a group of players who have performed well in the past 12 months and who we expect to feature prominently in the Australian Test, ODI and T20I sides for the 2013-14 season.

    “Of the 20 players on the 2013-14 contract list all currently hold a CA playing contract. The 17 players initially contracted for the 2012-13 season played a significant role in selections across the various formats during the season. Those upgraded to the contract list during the season all proved their worth.

    “Six of the nine players upgraded to the contract list during the 2012-13 season have been rewarded with contracts for the full 2013-14 season, these being George Bailey, Ed Cowan, James Faulkner, Phillip Hughes, Glenn Maxwell and Clint McKay. All of these players staked their claims for a contract for the 2013-14 period by way of their performances and the expectation of the role they will play during the coming 12 months.

    “Phillip Hughes has made a lot of runs throughout the past 12 months and is a young player who we are looking to become a reliable and prolific run-scorer, while Ed Cowan worked hard in the last 12 months to earn an upgrade and the panel feel that he is deserving of selection on this list for the coming year.

    “George Bailey has been one of our most successful ODI batsmen since he debuted in that format in March 2012. Clint McKay’s success as an ODI player was reflected in him being awarded Australia’s One Day Player of The Year at the Allan Border Medal.

    “The National Selection Panel is very impressed by the manner in which James Faulkner has been performing and developing. He is a very competitive young man who consistently manages to have an impact on games with both bat and ball.

    “Glenn Maxwell is a talented young player who has had opportunity invested in him. He is very aware that he needs to tighten his game and perform with greater impact and consistency.

    “In addition, Xavier Doherty continues to be Australia’s first choice ODI spin bowler. Mitchell Johnson is an experienced fast bowler who is part of our one-day cricket plans and will be part of our ongoing Ashes discussions. Ben Hilfenhaus played all three forms of the game for Australia last year and he provides an experienced option for us in a busy year of cricket ahead.

    “Jackson Bird, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith were all very close to making this contract list and we expect them to take opportunities that are presented across formats to represent Australia and make a case for an upgrade to a CA contract, as the year unfolds.

    “Aaron Finch hasn’t made the contract list on this occasion but the NSP hopes he will make a case for future inclusion through his performances.

    “There are three players from last year’s initial contract list who have not been given a contract for 2013-14, these being Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey and David Hussey. The former two have retired from international cricket, while David Hussey has been omitted from the contract list.”

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    • April 3rd 2013 @ 1:18pm
      Red Kev said | April 3rd 2013 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

      Haddin, Cummins, Johnson and Maxwell should not be on that list.

      • April 3rd 2013 @ 2:35pm
        Talisman said | April 3rd 2013 @ 2:35pm | ! Report

        “The National Selection Panel has chosen a group of players who have performed well in the past 12 months…” – Inverarity.
        So, why is Watson on the list.

      • April 3rd 2013 @ 3:05pm
        Disco said | April 3rd 2013 @ 3:05pm | ! Report

        Indeed. The boys’ club policy continues apace.

        • April 4th 2013 @ 1:07am
          buddha9 said | April 4th 2013 @ 1:07am | ! Report

          spot on mediocrity is rewarded, mates are patted on the back and you can expect dismal performances for the next 2 years — all that clapping and laughing you can hear incidentally is from the english bowling attack

      • April 3rd 2013 @ 5:06pm
        Brendon said | April 3rd 2013 @ 5:06pm | ! Report

        +1 CA are a joke, Maxwell must have some dirty pics of someone,it’s insane.

        Looks like T20 is more important than tests, this confirms it. No Bird, no Khawaja.


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      April 3rd 2013 @ 1:21pm
      Simon said | April 3rd 2013 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

      No surprises here, unfortunately.

      Usman the biggest omission, and Smith must be wondering what more he could have done in India.

      What’s the bet that Bird will play in the first Test at Trent Bridge, further reiterating how stupid this contract list is.

      • April 3rd 2013 @ 1:23pm
        Red Kev said | April 3rd 2013 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

        Well of those guys that missed out Bird, Khawaja and Smith would all be in my team for Trent Bridge.

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          April 3rd 2013 @ 1:50pm
          Simon said | April 3rd 2013 @ 1:50pm | ! Report


          • April 3rd 2013 @ 2:28pm
            Amith said | April 3rd 2013 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

            And i think they will be, Inevarity has stated that Khawaja will be key player given how well he plays the swinging ball and Bird will thrive in those conditions. I think the selectors are unsure of who to include and with 2 ashes coming we will know this time next year who our best 15 players are.

            • April 3rd 2013 @ 2:47pm
              Rob Barrow said | April 3rd 2013 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

              I’m concerned that we have so few batters in this list. Many allrounders and fast bowlers. Odd. Khawaja is unlucky but rest assure he will be our star batsman in the ashesgiven how pure his technique is. Hard to know who else to include as form has been average for our so-called best and brightest.

              • April 3rd 2013 @ 4:21pm
                Praveen said | April 3rd 2013 @ 4:21pm | ! Report


      • December 16th 2016 @ 5:48pm
        kalyan srinivas.B said | December 16th 2016 @ 5:48pm | ! Report

        I am Kalyan srinivas from India. Thing is i am collecting data of Australian cricketers remunerations i.e their annual income allotted by Cricket Australia of last 10 years.As a part of it i am searching for the news and i came across this comment box and thought of asking this question it would be big favour for me if u help it out. I mean if u know this kind of data which i”ve asked you.


    • April 3rd 2013 @ 1:25pm
      Col said | April 3rd 2013 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

      So Pat Cummins’ performances over the past 12 months warranted another contract……..umm……..what performances????

      • April 3rd 2013 @ 1:54pm
        Christo the Daddyo said | April 3rd 2013 @ 1:54pm | ! Report


        Maybe he’s done all his homework?

        • April 3rd 2013 @ 2:14pm
          Col said | April 3rd 2013 @ 2:14pm | ! Report

          🙂 It appears so.

          Or maybe he has been too busy (gym work can be time consuming) and hasn’t had time to submit his homework, so he asked for an extension….the NSP agreed and gave him another 12 months to get it done….

          • April 3rd 2013 @ 11:01pm
            Amith said | April 3rd 2013 @ 11:01pm | ! Report

            Guys he only reason Khawaja hasn’t had recent “red ball cricket” is because, after performing very strongly for Queensland, he was dragged along all summer (and then to India) as the ‘next man in’ yet never gave him a chance to play. Just glad to see some positive comments on his ashes chances, lets hope they follow through and give the kid his deserved chance. Pat Cummins is a great talent but he needs a year to go and play shield cricket. Yes he is very talented but he needs to prove he can maintain his fitness before he should even be considered. He hasn’t played for Australia since his debut series in South Africa due to injury (approximately 18 months)

            • April 4th 2013 @ 12:41am
              Timmuh said | April 4th 2013 @ 12:41am | ! Report

              He has to go on the Australia A tour, just to get some game time into him.
              He has had one First Class match this calendar year (the other tour game in India was not desingated first class).

      • April 3rd 2013 @ 2:31pm
        Matt F said | April 3rd 2013 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

        In fairness, he didn’t actually say that Cummins got a contract based on the last 12 months. His comment about “the last 12 months” was specifically about those who had contract upgrades during the last year i.e. George Bailey, Ed Cowan, James Faulkner, Phillip Hughes, Glenn Maxwell and Clint McKay.

        Not that I agree with the decision to give Cummins a contract, but he wasn’t given one because of the last 12 months. It seems he was given one based on “potential” which is a stupid reason, especially when someone like Bird misses out.

        • April 3rd 2013 @ 2:38pm
          Jo M said | April 3rd 2013 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

          I also think he was given a contract so that CA have total control over his training and fitness work. If he didn’t have a contract and was junder Cricket NSW, CA would have zero control over him.

          • April 3rd 2013 @ 3:06pm
            Disco said | April 3rd 2013 @ 3:06pm | ! Report

            More a curse than a blessing. (See also the injuries sustained by Hazlewood and Bird).

          • April 4th 2013 @ 1:57am
            A Punter said | April 4th 2013 @ 1:57am | ! Report

            CA control over his training = more injury problems.

          • April 4th 2013 @ 7:52am
            Matt F said | April 4th 2013 @ 7:52am | ! Report

            You’re probably right Jo. Expect to see him spend another year injured then…

    • April 3rd 2013 @ 1:25pm
      formeropenside said | April 3rd 2013 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

      And once again Qld players get the shaft.

    • April 3rd 2013 @ 1:29pm
      Renegade said | April 3rd 2013 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

      I can’t really knock this list….it seems fair.

      I don’t really like Maxwell but there is no doubt he is a guarantee for the T20 team and probably has the talent for a permanent ODI spot as well.

      I would rather have picked Bird instead of Mckay however i’m sure Jackson Bird will work his way onto the list by this time next year.

      • April 3rd 2013 @ 2:08pm
        Nick Inatey said | April 3rd 2013 @ 2:08pm | ! Report


        T20 talent does not justify a full contract. ICC regulates the amount of T20 cricket to seven matches per team per year. You reckon Maxwell deserves a contract for seven games? Maxwell never demonstrated his talent for a permanent spot in the ODI team. Failed all but once with the bat and took costly wickets with the ball. Basically he replicated his ODI form in the test arena.

        How on earth do Cummins and Harris warrant contracts? They have played the grand total of 0 games in the past contract year.

        How on earth do you contract two wicketkeepers? One will play 95% of the time and the other is the sub. Haddin must be cheering. He is earning more than most people on IPL contracts and will do MUCH less.

        • April 3rd 2013 @ 3:32pm
          Renegade said | April 3rd 2013 @ 3:32pm | ! Report

          Well it’s pretty simple because Maxwell will be there in the T20 and possibly ODI games which makes up a fair chunk of the international calendar.

          Harris and Cummins are both their on potential it seems… for the two wicketkeepers, well common sense tells you that you need a back up.

          I’d replace one of Harris, Cummins or Mckay with Bird….but i honestly can’t see any other issues with the list apart from my personal poor opinion of Maxwell however he most likely will play a lot of games for Australia next year.
          And the list is determined by who is likely to play the most games for Australia over the course of 12 months… again, based on that – it seems pretty fair.

          • April 3rd 2013 @ 4:11pm
            Nick Inatey said | April 3rd 2013 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

            Regarding your comment regarding keepers. Yes it is common sense to have a backup, but a waste of money to have a full contract awarded to them. They are statistically not likely to play the games to warrant a contract.

            And you are giving Maxwell a contract for a maximum of 28 overs of bowling and say, 70 overs of batting in T20’s, and POSSIBLY ODI games, that actually still, in terms of days of cricket played, actually combined make up less than 50% of cricket played in a year.

            Maxwell should be paid per game played, and not given a retaining contract.

            • April 4th 2013 @ 10:19am
              Renegade said | April 4th 2013 @ 10:19am | ! Report

              Fair point regarding the keepers….you are right, a back up doesn’t deserve a full season contract.

              I still think the Maxwell contract is okay as he is guaranteed to play in Australian colours in at least one or two formats this year.

              Bird is the only exception in my opinion….he is surely going to play a lot of cricket for Australia this year.

          • April 4th 2013 @ 12:47am
            Ads said | April 4th 2013 @ 12:47am | ! Report

            Although I hate Maxwell and unlike others don’t think he will ever live up to his “potential”, he is guaranteed to play every T20 and most ODIs that Australia plays in the next 12 months and the NSP has already shown they will even give him test caps so he is guaranteed to get the minimum points to get a contract so might as well give him one up front. Haddin on the other hand is unlikely to get the required points this coming year unless Wade is injured so giving him a contract is strange. If he ends up playing more games, he will earn a contract anyway. I suspect the NSP is rewarding him for previous achievements and don’t want to dump him from their contract list given the backstory of how he lost his test spot.

    • April 3rd 2013 @ 1:32pm
      Les B said | April 3rd 2013 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

      I’m confused. Are we not about to embark on back to back Ashes series ?

      Jackson Bird, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith should all be on the plane to England and one wonders why they were superceded, for contracts by Dogherty, McKay, Maxwell and Cowan.

      They didn’t run that one past the “Fair Dinkum Department”

      • April 3rd 2013 @ 2:48pm
        Rob Barrow said | April 3rd 2013 @ 2:48pm | ! Report


        • April 3rd 2013 @ 3:38pm
          Amith said | April 3rd 2013 @ 3:38pm | ! Report

          giving contracts to faulkner and maxwell who are T20 specialists and not to khawaja clearly shows CA’s priorities.

          • April 3rd 2013 @ 4:16pm
            jameswm said | April 3rd 2013 @ 4:16pm | ! Report

            I don’t think Faulkner is too far off the test team.

            • Roar Guru

              April 5th 2013 @ 11:08am
              nick richardson said | April 5th 2013 @ 11:08am | ! Report

              I think is the best all-rounder in the country.

          • Roar Pro

            April 3rd 2013 @ 4:32pm
            Adam Ludeke said | April 3rd 2013 @ 4:32pm | ! Report

            Faulkner has a Shield bowling average of 22 – just because one is skilled at T20 doesn’t mean they aren’t capable in the other formats.

            • April 3rd 2013 @ 8:00pm
              Amith said | April 3rd 2013 @ 8:00pm | ! Report

              Fair point, i know Maxwell did well in the shield final too so perhaps he is deserving of this contract. I wish him well

              • April 4th 2013 @ 7:57am
                Matt F said | April 4th 2013 @ 7:57am | ! Report

                “i know Maxwell did well in the shield final too”

                What? Maxwell was in India when the most recent Shield final was on and has never played in a Shield final before

              • April 4th 2013 @ 8:07am
                Red Kev said | April 4th 2013 @ 8:07am | ! Report

                I am sure he meant Faulkner, but in all fairness it is easy to get the two mixed up, they are both overly aggressive, arrogant, ugly Australian grub sportspeople.